FACT CHECK: Did Kim Jong Un Meet With Vladimir Putin In 2022?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September 2022.

Verdict: Misleading

The video was taken in 2019, predating current world affairs. The meeting took place in Vladivostok, not Moscow.

Fact Check:

Putin delivered a Sept. 30 announcing the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, such as Kherson and Donetsk, in an apparent escalation of the country’s conflict with Ukraine, according to Reuters. A U.S. intelligence report from early September claimed Russia was buying artillery shells from North Korea, a claim that both countries denied, The New York Times reported.

The Facebook video claims that Putin and Kim met in 2022. The video’s caption reads, “In an unprecedented visit.. North Korean president arrives in Moscow to coincide with upcoming speech by Russian president today.”

However, the video does not show Kim recently meeting with Putin in Moscow. A reverse image search found that the video is from 2019. The longer version of the video was shared to YouTube by Canadian-based news outlet Global News.(RELATED: Does This Video Show A Russian Fighter Jet Being Shot Down In Ukraine?)

The video shows Putin and Kim meeting in Vladivostok, which is located in Russia’s Far East, for their first face-to-face meeting to discuss the country’s nuclear program and tensions on the Korean peninsula, according to CNBC. There are no credible news reports of a recent meeting in Moscow between North Korea’s leader and Putin.

Misinformation around North Korean-Russian relations is not new. Check Your Fact previously debunked the same video when social media users claimed it showed Putin meeting with the South Korean president.

Elias Atienza

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