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North Korea's Kim to visit Russia in spring or summer: RIA cites lawmaker

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Kim Jong-un wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes his way to board a train to depart for North Korea at Dong Dang railway station © Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes his way to board a train to depart for North Korea at Dong Dang railway station

MOSCOW, March 25 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for talks this spring or summer, RIA news agency cited Russian lawmaker Alexander Bashkin as saying on Monday.

The exact date of the trip has not been set yet, Bashkin said.

The United States last week imposed new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, the first such steps since a U.S.-North Korean summit collapsed last month.

The Kremlin confirmed on a conference call that a trip by Kim to Russia was being worked on but said that it was not able to provide further details.

"As soon as there is a concrete agreement on time, place and the form of the meeting, we will present the relevant information," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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