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Kim Jong Un leaves Russia after summit with Putin

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Russian honor guards pass North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's limousine during a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. German automaker Daimler, which makes armored limousines used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, says it has no idea where he got them and has no business dealings with the North. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boarded his private train Friday and headed back to Pyongyang after directing some harsh criticism at Washington during his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying the U.S. negotiated in "bad faith" when he met with President Donald Trump in Hanoi two months ago.

Kim left about 4 ½ hours earlier than planned, Russian news agencies reported.

It was not immediately known why he decided to return from Vladivostok early. Putin, who indicated he may be interested in playing a bigger role in breaking North Korea's standoff with Washington, had already left for a two-day meeting in Beijing.

The Kremlin intends to brief the U.S. on the contents of the summit as soon as the Russian delegation returns to Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the RIA Novosti news agency. Putin said he will also brief Chinese leaders on his talks with Kim.

Before leaving Vladivostok, Kim visited a park near the headquarters of the Russian navy's Pacific Fleet for a wreath-laying ceremony that was held two hours later than expected. Kim also had lunch with the local governor and businesspeople on the outskirts of town before going to the main railway station.

Following their talks on Thursday, Putin said Kim is willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only if he gets ironclad security guarantees supported by a multinational agreement.

Kim strongly criticized Washington for taking a "unilateral attitude in bad faith" at his February meeting with Trump in Hanoi said that caused the diplomatic standstill, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency said Friday.

He also told Putin the situation on the Korean Peninsula has reached a "critical point" and whether tensions resume will "entirely depend on the U.S. future attitude."

The agency said Putin credited Kim's diplomatic initiatives for stabilizing the situation surrounding the peninsula and accepted Kim's invitation to visit North Korea at a "convenient time."

No specific measures from the summit have been reported by either side and the leaders' comments suggest there has been no significant shift in Kim's basic position.

North Korea has all along contended that it needs its nuclear arsenal to defend itself against what it sees as U.S. hostility and wants concrete reassurances of its safety — including the removal of the American nuclear threat as an integral part of the denuclearization of the entire Korean Peninsula.

Trump has voiced hope that Putin's involvement could help his efforts to get Kim to abandon his nuclear arsenal. But it could also complicate matters, since Moscow has been critical of sanctions on North Korea and has called on Washington to provide more security guarantees. After Thursday's talks, Putin suggested the revival of a multilateral approach to the denuclearization negotiations. A similar approach, which Russia participated in, broke down in 2009.

Along with a statement of political support, Kim was also looking for some kind of economic support and possibly even a workaround for sanctions that will require more than 10,000 North Korean laborers in Russia to leave by the end of the year. The laborers are a major source of income for North Korea.

Putin said they discussed the issue and would find a solution taking into account "humanitarian" factors, though he didn't say what that would be.

Motorists in the Russian port city breathed a sigh of relief at Kim's departure. Traffic in the city of half a million had been severely disrupted since Kim's arrival on Tuesday. Just like two days earlier, traffic was completely blocked in the city center during the send-off ceremony for Kim.

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Talmadge, the AP's Pyongyang bureau chief, reported from Tokyo. AP writers Nataliya Vasilyeva and Jim Heintz in Moscow, and Hyung-jin Kim and Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this report.

In this photo released by Press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks out from his train as he leaves Russia, at the main train station in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019.  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday before wrapping up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (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 security officers wait for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near the train as he leaves Russia, at the main train station in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Alexander Safronov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center right, shakes hands with an honor guard officer before a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second right, arrives for a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds his hat during a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean photographer takes pictures of honor guards before a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean cameraman takes pictures of honor guards before a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
CORRECTS TO DELAYED INSTEAD OF CANCELLED - Honor guards prepare for a wreath laying ceremony with participation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, that was delayed in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's willing to share details with the United States about his summit on Thursday with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia's influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
CORRECTS TO DELAYED INSTEAD OF CANCELLED - Workers roll the red carpet as a wreath laying ceremony with participation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was delayed in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's willing to share details with the United States about his summit on Thursday with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia's influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, toasts with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:
North Korean photographer takes pictures of honor guards before a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean photographer takes pictures of honor guards before a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
In this photo released by Press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korea's security officers wait for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near the train as he leaves Russia, at the main train station in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. (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 security officers wait for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near the train as he leaves Russia, at the main train station in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Alexander Safronov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to the media after his talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk in Vladivostok, Russia, Thursday, April 25, 2019. President Vladimir Putin says after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Pyongyang is ready to proceed toward denuclearization, but that it needs serious security guarantees to do so. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to the media after his talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk in Vladivostok, Russia, Thursday, April 25, 2019. President Vladimir Putin says after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Pyongyang is ready to proceed toward denuclearization, but that it needs serious security guarantees to do so. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian honor guards pass North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's limousine during a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. German automaker Daimler, which makes armored limousines used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, says it has no idea where he got them and has no business dealings with the North. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
Russian honor guards pass North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's limousine during a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. German automaker Daimler, which makes armored limousines used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, says it has no idea where he got them and has no business dealings with the North. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center right, shakes hands with an honor guard officer before a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center right, shakes hands with an honor guard officer before a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds his hat during a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds his hat during a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
In this photo released by Press office of the administration of Primorsky Krai region, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks out from his train as he leaves Russia, at the main train station in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019.  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday before wrapping up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (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 Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks out from his train as he leaves Russia, at the main train station in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday before wrapping up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (Alexander Safronov/Press Office of the Primorye Territory Administration via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, toasts with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, toasts with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
CORRECTS TO DELAYED INSTEAD OF CANCELLED - Honor guards prepare for a wreath laying ceremony with participation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, that was delayed in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's willing to share details with the United States about his summit on Thursday with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia's influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
CORRECTS TO DELAYED INSTEAD OF CANCELLED - Honor guards prepare for a wreath laying ceremony with participation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, that was delayed in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's willing to share details with the United States about his summit on Thursday with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia's influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean cameraman takes pictures of honor guards before a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean cameraman takes pictures of honor guards before a wreath-laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
CORRECTS TO DELAYED INSTEAD OF CANCELLED - Workers roll the red carpet as a wreath laying ceremony with participation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was delayed in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's willing to share details with the United States about his summit on Thursday with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia's influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
CORRECTS TO DELAYED INSTEAD OF CANCELLED - Workers roll the red carpet as a wreath laying ceremony with participation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was delayed in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's willing to share details with the United States about his summit on Thursday with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia's influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second right, arrives for a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second right, arrives for a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday to wrap up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Khitrov)