North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has left for Russia for his summit with Vladimir Putin, North Korean state news agency KCNA said on Wednesday.
Kim and Putin are set to meet for the first time in the eastern port city of Vladivostok. They, however, do not plan to sign any agreements or make a joint statement.
KCNA reported that the North Korean leader left the capital of Pyongyang on Wednesday at dawn and is traveling to Russia by train.
Analysts say Kim's meeting with Putin could be a way for the North Korean leader to assess his diplomatic options outside talks with the United States.
North Korea may hope for Russian support in pressuring Washington over sanctions relief. The Trump administration has, however, said sanctions would only be lifted after North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons programme.
(With inputs from agencies)