Kim Jong Un Blowing Off Moscow Trip: Kremlin

'Domestic affairs' keeping North Korean leader from first foreign visit
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2015 4:30 AM CDT
Kim Jong Un Blowing Off Moscow Trip: Kremlin
In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

He's not coming. A Kremlin spokesman said today that North Korea's Kim Jong Un, set to make his first official trip abroad since taking power, won't be showing up in Moscow next month to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in WWII, the AP reports. Although Russia says Kim was one of 26 world leaders who had sent an affirmative RSVP for the Victory Day event, North Korea insists Kim never responded, per the news agency. "We were informed of the decision via diplomatic channels," the Kremlin spokesman said, per CNN. "The decision is connected with North Korean domestic affairs." (Kim may simply be distracted dealing with his own country's executions.)

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