The meeting, which took place in Vladivostok, was a first between the two leaders. Expert Howard Feldman told RT that, although the despotic North Korean leader appeared to be “looking forward” to his meeting with the Russian president, it was the latter who ultimately established dominance on his home turf. Mr Feldman explained that Kim Jong-un looked “much more relaxed than how he arrived to the meeting with Donald Trump – visibly a lot more comfortable, quite looking forward to it.
“We see a shift in his body language slightly as he starts to greet Vladimir Putin.
“We can see that handshake was a little bit of a struggle for dominance.
“And by the time they are sitting in those two white, very uncomfortable chairs, you could see that dominance had been established by Vladimir Putin.
“A very interesting flow of power.
“One of the interesting things about Vladimir Putin is that he’s very protective of his own space – it’s very rare for someone to come into his zone.
“So he’ll stretch out his hand and shake hands within the zone of the other person.
“When they shook hands he was quite dominant. His hand took more of a downward position.
“We saw that Kim Jong-un wanted to try and establish a bit of dominance there himself – when he got to that point, that’s when Putin let go.
“I think that handshake was very important.
“By the time that they were siting on those chairs, there was very little movement from Kim Jong Un – he was quite uncomfortable in that position.
“Putin was leaning forward – maybe a little bit intimidating.
“Kim Jong Un was trying to keep it together in a very controlled way.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said after holding his first face-to-face talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday that US security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade Pyongyang to shut its nuclear programme.
Putin and Kim held a day of talks on an island off the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok two months after Kim’s summit with US President Donald Trump ended in disagreement, cooling hopes of a breakthrough in the decades-old nuclear row.
The talks between Putin and Kim did not appear to have yielded any major breakthrough.
But Putin, keen to use the summit to burnish Russia’s diplomatic credentials as a global player, said he believed any U.S. guarantees might need to be supported by the other nations involved in previous six-way talks on the nuclear issue.