WASHINGTON, The international community is committed to dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday, ahead of a high-profile summit between the North Korean and Russian leaders.

The Kremlin earlier confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on Thursday.

"We are aware of reports," a department spokesperson said when asked to comment on the upcoming summit. "The United States and the international community is committed to the same goal the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea. It is Chairman Kim's commitment to denuclearization upon which the world is focused."

Kim and Putin's first meeting follows the collapse of February's second summit between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam.

Analysts have said the young leader may seek to increase his leverage through closer ties with Moscow after failing to win sanctions relief from Trump.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and his Russian counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, will continue consultations to "bridge any gaps on the way forward," the spokesperson added.

Source: Yonhap news Agency