Kim Jong Un's meeting with Putin was delayed by a red carpet gaffe that derailed his grand entrance

North Korea Kim Jong Un train Vladivostok RussiaA small gaffe on an otherwise choreographed trip.ABC News

  • Kim Jong Un's planned grand entrance to Russia's far-east city of Vladivostok hit the skids on Wednesday after a gaffe saw his security detail scramble to maintain the North Korean leader's prestige.
  • Kim's famous armored train was supposed to stop at a red carpet fit for the often punitive and intolerant leader, but overshot the mark.
  • This resulted in a scramble by his security detail to properly align the train.
  • Kim's visit to Russia comes at a time when US-North Korean talks have stalled over a basic misunderstanding over the pacing of denuclearization steps and sanctions easing.
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Tension and confusion gripped a train platform in Russia's far-eastern city of Vladivostok on Wednesday when North Korean Kim Jong Un's bullet-proof armored train pulled in for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Both Putin and Kim are known for making grand entrances and power moves like showing up late to meetings with world leaders. But Kim on Wednesday appeared delayed due to a gaffe.

Kim arrived via train, as is his family's custom and perhaps a clever way to avoid admitting his country has few working aircraft - but something was amiss.

Read more: Inside Kim Jong Un's personal train - which is bulletproof, has all-white conference rooms, and its own red carpet ramp

When Kim's train pulled into the station, it slightly overshot a red carpet laid out in advance for his big stepping-out moment.

While Kim maintains a horrific human rights record at home, he has been increasingly courted by world leaders looking to curb his country's growing nuclear capabilities.

Apparently, Kim's security detail found it unacceptable that he should walk on anything besides the red carpet, and had to stand there awkwardly holding a ramp while the train repositioned.

Watch a video of the incident here.

The meeting between Putin and Kim represents just the fourth official summit with a world leader for Kim. Putin, however, has met with most national leaders across Asia.

Russia and North Korea have historical ties of friendship, though the relations became strained during North Korea's long nuclear breakout.

Read more: Only one road in the world leads from Russia to North Korea - and you can take a trip down it on Google Maps

Upon arrival, Kim appeared to shake off any embarrassment from the train gaffe and quickly spoke to Russian media, a rare step from a leader who previously only spoke through North Korean state outlets.

Kim's visit to Russia comes at a time when US-North Korean talks have stalled over a basic misunderstanding over the pacing of denuclearization steps and sanctions easing.

North Korea recently publicized the testing of a "tactical" weapon, potentially as a warning to the US that if talks collapse, missile launches and "fire and fury" could again become the norm.

For more on Kim's trip to Russia, read here.

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