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DPRK top leader cancels 'planned visit to Russia'

By Xinhua

 DPRK top leader cancels 'planned visit to Russia'
This undated file picture released by DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Feb 23, 2015 shows leader Kim Jong-un attending an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK)at an undisclosed location in the DPRK. (AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS)

MOSCOW - Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un canceled his planned visit to Moscow for the Victory Day celebration on May 9, the Kremlin said Thursday.

"We were informed of the decision via diplomatic channels ... The leader cited interior affairs in his country as the reason for his absence," the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The spokesman denied allegations that the decision of the DPRK leader came after Moscow probably received warnings from some other countries against the presence of Kim in Moscow.

"That is certainly not the case," Peskov said.

The highly anticipated trip would have been Kim Jong-un's first foreign trip since taking power more than three years ago.

The Russian foreign minister had said in March that Kim was among 26 world leaders who had accepted invitations to take part in the May 9 celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.

The DPRK, however, had never confirmed that Kim planned to come.

 
 
 
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