The Latest: Kim upbeat on eve of 1st summit with Putin

In this photo released by the press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center left, surrounded by Russian and North Korea's officials arrive in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Igor Novikov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
In this photo released by the press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, right, surrounded by Russian and North Korea's officials arrive in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Igor Novikov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
Flags of Russia, right, and North Korea are seen along the road on Russky Island, in Vladivostok, Russia, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a much-anticipated summit on upcoming Thursday, a Kremlin adviser said, putting an end to weeks of speculation about when and where it would take place. (AP Photo/Anton Iankovski)
A woman walks past the Memorial plaque in memory of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's visit to Russia in 2002, at the Okeanskaya railway station where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to make his first stop before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the border at Russia's Far East, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.North Korea on Tuesday confirmed that leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Russia to meet with Putin in a rare summit. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
In this image from video released by Primorsky Regional Administration Press Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he leaves Khasan train station in Primorye region, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (Primorsky Regional Administration Press Service via AP)
In this image taken from the RU-RTR Russian television, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he leaves a train in Vladivostok railway station in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia by train on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin that comes amid deadlocked diplomacy on his nuclear program. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)
FILE - This combination file photo, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, in St. Petersburg, Russia, April 9, 2019, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Feb. 28, 2019. When Kim meets with Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he will have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in February 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Evan Vucci, File)
In this photo released by press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, second right, speaks with the governor of the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako after arriving in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Igor Novikov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
In this photo released by the press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center left, surrounded by Russian and North Korea's officials arrive in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Igor Novikov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
In this photo released by Press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center left, Russian Minister for the development of the Russian Far East Alexander Kozlov, center, and governor of the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako, right, walk at the border station of Khasan, Primorsky Krai region, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Alexander Safronov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
In this photo released by the Press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leaves a carriage after arriving at the border station of Khasan, Primorsky Krai region, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Alexander Safronov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
Flags of Russia and North Korea are seen along the road on Russky Island, in Vladivostok, Russia, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a much-anticipated summit on Thursday April 25, a Kremlin adviser said, putting an end to weeks of speculation about when and where it would take place. (AP Photo/Mari Borodina)
FILE - In this Thursday, May 31, 2018 file photo, Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shake hands during a meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 confirmed that leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Russia to meet with Putin in a rare summit. For Russia, a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers a chance to raise its influence in the region and gain more leverage with Washington. (Valery Sharifulin/TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP, File)
Flags of Russia and North Korea, right, are seen along the road on Russky Island, in Vladivostok, Russia, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a much-anticipated summit on upcoming Thursday, a Kremlin adviser said, putting an end to weeks of speculation about when and where it would take place. (AP Photo/Mari Borodina)
Oil tankers are parked at the Okeanskaya railway station where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to make his first stop before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the border at Russia's Far East, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. North Korea on Tuesday confirmed that leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Russia to meet with Putin in a rare summit. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
In this photo released by press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center, shakes hands with governor of the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako after arriving in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Igor Novikov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
In this photo released by Press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, left, poses for a picture at the border station of Khasan, Primorsky Krai region, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Alexander Safronov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
In this photo released by press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center, and Russian Minister for the development of the Russian Far East Alexander Kozlov, left, pass honor guards after arriving in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. (Igor Novikov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — The Latest on the summit between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un (all times local):

2:20 a.m. Thursday

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has stepped out of his khaki-green armored train in far-eastern Russia, smiling and upbeat ahead of a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin

The summit Thursday comes amid deadlocked global diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear program.

Dressed in a black coat and a fedora, Kim first met Wednesday with Russian officials at Russia's Khasan train station near its border with North Korea before traveling on to Russia's Pacific port city of Vladivostok for a summit Thursday with Putin.

Speaking to Russia's state-owned Rossiya-24, Kim said he's hoping for a "successful and useful" visit and would like to discuss with Putin the "settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula" as well as bilateral ties with Russia.

It was his first visit to Russia as North Korean leader; his late father, Kim Jong Il, visited Russia in 2011.

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6:40 p.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia's Vladivostok for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kim arrived on his armored train, which pulled into the station in the Pacific port of Vladivostok Wednesday evening. He was greeted by a military orchestra before he got into his personal limousine that traveled with him, and drove away.

Kim's Russia trip comes about two months after his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump failed because of disputes over U.S.-led sanctions on the North.

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9:55 a.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia for his summit with President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

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

Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told Russian media Tuesday that the summit Thursday will focus on North Korea's nuclear program.

Kim's Russia trip comes about two months after his second summit with President Donald Trump failed because of disputes over U.S.-led sanctions on the North.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Kim was seen off by officials and residents as he left Pyongyang by his special train at dawn Wednesday.

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