0523 GMT March 18, 2019
Kim “wants peace,” Matvienko said after the meeting, which lasted for more than an hour. The timing and place of Kim’s visit will be agreed via diplomatic channels, the Russian lawmaker added, as reported by Reuters.
“He confirmed he is ready and willing to make an official visit to Russia,” the Russian news agency quoted Matvienko as saying.
“He said he does not want to delay [the visit]. He said: Meeting the President of Russia is very important to me; we should discuss the strategy and prospects of our cooperation; I, of course, would also like to discuss a number of important questions of the global agenda,” Matvienko said.
The Russian speaker also said she had passed a message from President Vladimir Putin to Kim. She did not provide further detail.
Kim will not able to attend a forum in Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok next week but will send a delegation of North Korean officials, Matvienko said.
North Korea is in talks with the United States about a step-by-step execution of commitments reached when Kim and US President Donald Trump met at a summit in Singapore in June, another news agency, Interfax, reported, citing Matvienko.