Kim Jong-un waves to fans as he boards bullet-proof train to crunch Russia talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning to meet president Vladimir Putin.

Russian news agency Tass quoted a local official as saying Mr Kim was given flowers, bread and salt at the Hassan train station after crossing the border.

Kim arrived Hassan in his bullet-proof train at 10:30am local time, an informed source told news website

It's said the train crossed the Friendship Bridge over the river Tumangang.

Kim, who was wearing a black coat and hot, was greeted by the governor of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako as he stepped out of the train.

The two leaders will meet in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok for the first time at a symbolic summit to discuss the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme, according to a Kremlin official.

It's said the summit will be held at the campus of Far Eastern Federal University with Kim's top aides already making preparations for the event.

Pictures emerged showing Kim waving at cheering crowds and officials as he stands on the platform before the iconic 'Kim Jong-un Express'.

Kim has reportedly brought an entourage of 230 people on board, kicking off a 20-hour journey towards the north-east.

Kim's sister Kim Yo-jong was not seen accompanying Kim at the station.

According to South Korea media, Kim Yo-jong has arrived in Vladivostok on Monday ahead of her brother's arrival.

"Kim Yo-jong boarded a flight in Pyongyang for Vladivostok in the morning," a source said.

"She flew to Russia ahead of Kim John-un to prepare for the summit."

The one-of-a-kind luxury train is said to carry a small army of bodyguards and bulletproof cars that can usher the 'supreme leader' to safety if he is attacked.

It resembles the armoured transport his father, Kim Jong-il, used for lavish parties during trips to China or Russia – reportedly with lobster, cases of French wine and female entertainers known as 'lady conductors'.

The private train's specially-crafted carriages are reinforced with a coat of armour and have tinted windows to hide those on board.

The waters around Russky Island, where the school is based, would not be open between Wednesday morning and Friday morning, said the Maritime authorities.

Vladivostok's central train station would be closed and remained at high security for several days, and local buses will be diverted from the train station today, reported local media.

The summit will be the first in eight years since Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, visited Russia in 2011, when he was hosted by Dmitry Medvedev, the Putin lieutenant who at the time was serving as Russian president.

Kim's meeting with Putin serves as a reminder to Washington that he has other options in the region backing his leadership after failed US-North Korea summit in Vietnam two months ago.

But while Kim is likely to seek more assistance from one of his country's two main backers, Russia will be limited in what it can provide and the summit will focus more on demonstrating camaraderie than new investment or aid, analysts said.

While Russia says it fully enforces the sanctions that it voted to impose, it has joined China in calling for loosening punishment for North Korea in recognition of steps taken in limiting its weapons testing.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a Security Council meeting last year: "Steps by the DPRK towards gradual disarmament should be followed by the easing of sanctions."

The US has accused Russia of 'cheating' on sanctions and said it has evidence of 'consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations'.

In February, Reuters reported a Russian tanker violated international trade sanctions by transferring fuel to a North Korean vessel at sea at least four times between October 2017 and May 2018.

One Russian lawmaker told Interfax news agency last week that North Korea had asked Moscow to allow its labourers to continue to work in Russia despite sanctions requiring their expulsion by the end of this year.

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