Kim Jong Un's visit to Moscow is off, Russian official says

Story highlights

  • Next month's visit to Moscow by the North Korean leader is off
  • This Victory Day marks the 70 years since the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II

Moscow (CNN)Never mind.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has backed out of next month's visit to Moscow for World War II anniversary celebrations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
    "We were informed of the decision via diplomatic channels," Peskov said. "The decision is connected with North Korean domestic affairs."
    The visit was highly anticipated because it would have marked Kim's first official foreign trip since inheriting the leadership of North Korea in late 2011.
    He was to have met with Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of the May visit to coincide with Victory Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.