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North Korean Leader to Visit Russia in May

FILE - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's address.

Russia says North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Un will visit Moscow in May to commemorate the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The visit, confirmed to VOA by the press office of the Russian presidency, will be Kim's first official foreign trip since taking power in 2011.

A Kremlin spokesman in December said Kim had been invited to the anniversary, which will be celebrated May 9.

Last month, the United Nations General Assembly committee on human rights passed a resolution urging the Security Council to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.

Russia -- a veto-wielding Security Council member seeking to boost ties with the North -- has the power to block any such move.

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