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Russia: ‘He behaved very naturally’ – museum head recalls Kim Jong-il's visit to Vladivostok02:02

Russia: ‘He behaved very naturally’ – museum head recalls Kim Jong-il's visit to Vladivostok

Russian Federation, Vladivostok
April 23, 2019 at 10:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Head of the Vladkhleb corporate museum Lyubov Stepanenko recalled the visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s late father Kim Jong-il to Russia in the summer of 2002, speaking in Vladivostok on Tuesday.

The former DPRK head left a lasting impression on Stepanenko during his visit to the bread baking plant.

“I remember Kim Jong-il as an intellectually curious and simple person. He listened to the excursion with great interest,” the museum head recalled.

The older Kim had even tried the so-called “coal bread” during the visit, finding the speciality “good and normal”, according to Stepanenko.

“That’s how black coal bread made it into the history” she concluded.

Possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is expected to take place in the near future, with the eastern port city of Vladivostok tipped to be the venue.

The exact time and place of the summit have not been confirmed yet, but Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov said on Monday that "the meeting is being prepared and the preparations have entered the final stage. The encounter will take place before the end of April."

Russia: ‘He behaved very naturally’ – museum head recalls Kim Jong-il's visit to Vladivostok02:02
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Head of the Vladkhleb corporate museum Lyubov Stepanenko recalled the visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s late father Kim Jong-il to Russia in the summer of 2002, speaking in Vladivostok on Tuesday.

The former DPRK head left a lasting impression on Stepanenko during his visit to the bread baking plant.

“I remember Kim Jong-il as an intellectually curious and simple person. He listened to the excursion with great interest,” the museum head recalled.

The older Kim had even tried the so-called “coal bread” during the visit, finding the speciality “good and normal”, according to Stepanenko.

“That’s how black coal bread made it into the history” she concluded.

Possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is expected to take place in the near future, with the eastern port city of Vladivostok tipped to be the venue.

The exact time and place of the summit have not been confirmed yet, but Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov said on Monday that "the meeting is being prepared and the preparations have entered the final stage. The encounter will take place before the end of April."