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Russia President Vladimir Putin makes a rare visit to North Korea, an old ally

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Russia President Vladimir Putin makes a rare visit to North Korea, an old ally
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Russia President Vladimir Putin makes a rare visit to North Korea, an old ally

2024-06-19 10:51 Last Updated At:11:01

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in North Korea early on Wednesday, after saying the two countries want to cooperate closely to overcome U.S.-led sanctions in the face of intensifying confrontations with Washington.

Putin was met at Pyongyang’s airport by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. They shook hands and embraced, and Kim later joined Putin in his car to personally guide him to Pyongyang’s Kumsusan State Guest House, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said. The agency described their meeting as a historic event that demonstrates the “invincibility and durability” of the two nations' friendship and unity.

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This photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands at the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in North Korea early on Wednesday, after saying the two countries want to cooperate closely to overcome U.S.-led sanctions in the face of intensifying confrontations with Washington.

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, front center, is escorted by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, front left, at the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, front center, is escorted by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, front left, at the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

This photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government shows a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

This photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government shows a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un head to the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un head to the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un rolls from the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un rolls from the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, talk on the red carpet upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, talk on the red carpet upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, is greeted by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, is greeted by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, talk upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, talk upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, walk together on the red carpet upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, walk together on the red carpet upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, on Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, on Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with the Russian delegation during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with the Russian delegation during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un smile during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un smile during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, back to a camera, stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, back to a camera, stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

A motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leave the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

A motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leave the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with the Russian delegation during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with the Russian delegation during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is welcomed upon his arrival to meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is welcomed upon his arrival to meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk to each other during their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk to each other during their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un upon his arrival at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un upon his arrival at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, walk together during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, walk together during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un greet each other during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un greet each other during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk to each other during their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk to each other during their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un smile during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un smile during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev, right, and Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, visit an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev, right, and Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, visit an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev during their meeting in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev during their meeting in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with participants of the Rural Doctor, Rural Teacher and Muravyov-Amursky 2030 programmes and cultural figures working in the Far East region, in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with participants of the Rural Doctor, Rural Teacher and Muravyov-Amursky 2030 programmes and cultural figures working in the Far East region, in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev, right, and Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, second left, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev, right, and Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, second left, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

ADDS THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - Russian President Vladimir Putin goes down the stairs upon his arrival at the airport of Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Sergei Karpukhin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

ADDS THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - Russian President Vladimir Putin goes down the stairs upon his arrival at the airport of Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Sergei Karpukhin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, examine a launch pad during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean leader Kim hailed the country's relationship with Russia on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as reports suggest that Russian President Putin will soon visit the isolated country for his third meeting with Kim.(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, examine a launch pad during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean leader Kim hailed the country's relationship with Russia on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as reports suggest that Russian President Putin will soon visit the isolated country for his third meeting with Kim.(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un examine a launch pad of Soyuz rockets during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean leader Kim hailed the country's relationship with Russia on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as reports suggest that Russian President Putin will soon visit the isolated country for his third meeting with Kim.(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un examine a launch pad of Soyuz rockets during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean leader Kim hailed the country's relationship with Russia on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as reports suggest that Russian President Putin will soon visit the isolated country for his third meeting with Kim.(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean state media says Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in the country on Tuesday for a two-day visit, his first trip to the country in 24 years. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean state media says Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in the country on Tuesday for a two-day visit, his first trip to the country in 24 years. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin, making his first trip to North Korea in 24 years, said in comments that appeared in its state media hours before he landed that he appreciates the country’s firm support of his military actions in Ukraine. The Kremlin launched a full-scale invasion of the neighboring country in 2022.

He said the countries would continue to “resolutely oppose” what he described as Western ambitions “to hinder the establishment of a multipolar world order based on justice, mutual respect for sovereignty, considering each other’s interests.”

Putin’s visit comes amid growing concerns about an arms arrangement in which Pyongyang provides Moscow with badly needed munitions to fuel Russia’s war in Ukraine in exchange for economic assistance and technology transfers that would enhance the threat posed by Kim’s nuclear weapons and missile program.

In the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the streets were decorated with portraits of Putin and Russian flags. A banner on a building said: “We warmly welcome the President of the Russian Federation.”

Putin also said in his published remarks that Russia and North Korea will develop trade and payment systems “that are not controlled by the West” and jointly oppose sanctions against the countries, which he described as “illegal, unilateral restrictions.”

North Korea is under heavy U.N. Security Council economic sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missile programs, while Russia is also grappling with sanctions by the United States and its Western partners over its aggression in Ukraine.

Putin said the countries will also expand cooperation in tourism, culture and education.

Before heading to North Korea, Putin traveled to Yakutsk, a city in eastern Russia, where he met regional Gov. Aisen Nikolayev, and received briefings on technology and defense-related projects. He also met with young professionals working in Russia’s Far East.

Putin is being accompanied by several top officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Denis Mantrurov, Defense Minister Andrei Belousov and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to his foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov. He said a number of documents will be signed during the visit, possibly including an agreement on a comprehensive strategic partnership.

U.S. and South Korean officials say military, economic and other exchanges between North Korea and Russia have sharply increased since Kim met Putin in September in the Russian Far East, their first since 2019.

U.S. and South Korean officials accuse the North of providing Russia with artillery, missiles and other military equipment for use in Ukraine, possibly in return for key military technologies and aid. Both Pyongyang and Moscow deny accusations about North Korean weapons transfers, which would violate multiple U.N. Security Council sanctions that Russia previously endorsed.

Along with China, Russia has provided political cover for Kim’s continuing efforts to advance his nuclear arsenal, repeatedly blocking U.S.-led efforts to impose fresh U.N. sanctions on the North over its weapons tests.

In March, a Russian veto at the United Nations ended monitoring of U.N. sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program, prompting Western accusations that Moscow is seeking to avoid scrutiny as it buys weapons from Pyongyang for use in Ukraine. U.S. and South Korean officials have said they are discussing options for a new mechanism for monitoring the North.

Earlier this year, Putin sent Kim a high-end Aurus Senat limousine, which he had shown to the North Korean leader when they met in September. Observers said the shipment violated a U.N. resolution banning the supply of luxury items to North Korea.

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Putin’s visit to North Korea illustrates how Russia tries, “in desperation, to develop and to strengthen relations with countries that can provide it with what it needs to continue the war of aggression that it started against Ukraine.”

“North Korea is providing significant munitions to Russia ... and other weapons for use in Ukraine. Iran has been providing weaponry, including drones, that have been used against civilians and civilian infrastructure,” Blinken told reporters following a meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday.

Stoltenberg reiterated concerns about the “potential support that Russia provides to North Korea when it comes to supporting their missile and nuclear programs.”

Lim Soosuk, spokesperson of South Korea’s Foreign Ministry, said Seoul has been stressing to Moscow that any cooperation between Russia and North Korea must not “proceed in a direction that violates U.N. Security Council resolutions or undermines peace and stability in the region.”

Tensions on the Korean Peninsulas are at their highest point in years, with the pace of both Kim’s weapons tests and combined military exercises involving the United States, South Korea and Japan intensifying in a tit-for-tat cycle. The Koreas also have engaged in Cold War-style psychological warfare that involved North Korea dropping tons of trash on the South with balloons, and the South broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda with its loudspeakers.

South Korea’s military said soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the land border Tuesday, apparently in error, for the second time this month.

Putin has continuously sought to rebuild ties with Pyongyang as part of efforts to restore his country’s clout and its Soviet-era alliances. Moscow’s ties with North Korea weakened after the 1991 Soviet collapse. Kim Jong Un first met with Putin in 2019 in Russia’s eastern port of Vladivostok.

After North Korea, the Kremlin said Putin will also visit Vietnam for talks that are expected to be focused on trade. The United States, which has spent years strengthening ties and accelerating trade with Vietnam, criticized Putin’s planned visit.

“As Russia continues to seek international support to sustain its illegal and brutal war against Ukraine, we reiterate that no country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and otherwise allow him to normalize his atrocities,” a U.S. Embassy spokesperson in Vietnam said in a statement.

This photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands at the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

This photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands at the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, front center, is escorted by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, front left, at the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, front center, is escorted by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, front left, at the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

This photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government shows a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

This photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government shows a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un head to the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un head to the state guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un rolls from the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, a motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un rolls from the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, talk on the red carpet upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, talk on the red carpet upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, is greeted by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, is greeted by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, talk upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, talk upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, walk together on the red carpet upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, walk together on the red carpet upon Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, on Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In this photo provided on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, by the North Korean government, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, on Putin's arrival at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Wednesday, June 19. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with the Russian delegation during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with the Russian delegation during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un smile during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un smile during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, back to a camera, stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, back to a camera, stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

A motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leave the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

A motorcade with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leave the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with the Russian delegation during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with the Russian delegation during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands waiting to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is welcomed upon his arrival to meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is welcomed upon his arrival to meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk to each other during their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk to each other during their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un upon his arrival at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un upon his arrival at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, walk together during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, walk together during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un greet each other during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un greet each other during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk to each other during their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talk to each other during their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un smile during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un smile during their meeting at the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport outside Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev, right, and Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, visit an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev, right, and Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, visit an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev during their meeting in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev during their meeting in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with participants of the Rural Doctor, Rural Teacher and Muravyov-Amursky 2030 programmes and cultural figures working in the Far East region, in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with participants of the Rural Doctor, Rural Teacher and Muravyov-Amursky 2030 programmes and cultural figures working in the Far East region, in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev, right, and Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, second left, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolayev, right, and Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, second left, visits an exhibition of samples of industrial products used in the zone of Russian special military operation at the Labour Quarter creative cluster in Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Petr Kovalev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

ADDS THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - Russian President Vladimir Putin goes down the stairs upon his arrival at the airport of Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Sergei Karpukhin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

ADDS THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - Russian President Vladimir Putin goes down the stairs upon his arrival at the airport of Yakutsk, republic of Sakha also known as Yakutia, Russia Far East, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Sergei Karpukhin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, examine a launch pad during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean leader Kim hailed the country's relationship with Russia on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as reports suggest that Russian President Putin will soon visit the isolated country for his third meeting with Kim.(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center right, examine a launch pad during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean leader Kim hailed the country's relationship with Russia on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as reports suggest that Russian President Putin will soon visit the isolated country for his third meeting with Kim.(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un examine a launch pad of Soyuz rockets during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean leader Kim hailed the country's relationship with Russia on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as reports suggest that Russian President Putin will soon visit the isolated country for his third meeting with Kim.(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un examine a launch pad of Soyuz rockets during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean leader Kim hailed the country's relationship with Russia on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as reports suggest that Russian President Putin will soon visit the isolated country for his third meeting with Kim.(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean state media says Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in the country on Tuesday for a two-day visit, his first trip to the country in 24 years. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Sept. 13, 2023. North Korean state media says Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in the country on Tuesday for a two-day visit, his first trip to the country in 24 years. (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election.

Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris is being thrust into the most scrutinizing of spotlights, suddenly the leading candidate to succeed Biden as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and her party’s main hope of defeating Trump.

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As President Joe Biden was deciding to withdraw from the race Sunday morning, Vice President Kamala Harris had multiple phone conversations with him, according to a person familiar who spoke only on background to more freely divulge details.

Harris was at the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington. She was surrounded by family and staff and wore a hooded Howard University sweatshirt, workout sweats and sneakers, the person said.

She spent 10-plus hours Sunday placing calls to more than 100 party leaders, members of Congress, governors, labor leaders, and leaders of advocacy and civil rights organizations. Harris told all that she was grateful Biden endorsed her upon leaving the race but she planned to earn the Democratic presidential nomination in her own right.

The vice president also called her pastor, Amos Brown III, who, along with his wife, prayed over her.

Harris arranged lunch and dinner for assembled aides. They ate afternoon sandwiches and salad and pizza in the evening. Harris’ pizza had anchovies, which the person said is her go-to topping.

— Will Weissert

“The vice president is smart and strong, which will make her a good president,” Beshear said during a Monday morning appearance on MSNBC. “But she’s also kind and has empathy, which can make her a great president.”

Beshear praised Harris’ resume as a former prosecutor and says she’s ready to assume the presidency. He says he’s willing to do everything he can to support her.

Asked if he’s open to potentially joining the ticket, Beshear said he loves his job as governor. “The only way I would consider something other than this current job is if I believed I could further help my people and to help this country,” he said.

Beshear defeated Trump-endorsed Republicans to win the governorship in 2019 and to win reelection last year in his Republican-leaning state.

Speaking on Monday to CBS, the West Virginia Democrat-turned-independent said “I don’t need that in my life.”

Manchin had been the latest senator to call for Biden to exit the 2024 race before Sunday’s announcement by Biden that he would do just that.

Manchin had already mulled a late-breaking 2024 White House bid of his own but said in February after a listening tour that he didn’t want to be a “spoiler.” As a Democrat, he had often bucked his own party’s leadership.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Xavier Bettel praised President Joe Biden for his announcement that he’s ending his bid for reelection.

“It takes courage for a politician to say ‘I’m a bit old and I’m not capable of doing it anymore,’” Bettel said, describing it as a “courageous and difficult decision” by Biden.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, endorsed Harris and called her “an unwavering champion for families, workers and justice.”

Gillibrand, who ran against Harris in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, said in a statement Monday that the vice president is “incredibly well-qualified, with experience as a prosecutor, as a lawmaker, and as a leader on the world stage.”

“Now is the time to unite,” the senator said. “VP Harris has the grit and toughness to beat Donald Trump and I’m eager to join her in this fight.”

ActBlue, the Democratic fundraising platform, announced that it had collected $46.7 million as of 9 p.m. ET from small-dollar donations for Vice President Harris’ campaign.

The Biden campaign and affiliated groups previously had about $96 million in cash on hand. The Republican National Convention, by contrast, reported a campaign fund of $102 million in June.

Donald Trump’s campaign has spent the last year and a half viciously attacking Joe Biden, ridiculing his policies, mocking his fumbles and relishing a rematch they felt they were winning.

But it has also spent weeks preparing for the possibility that he might exit the race, readying a bevy of attacks against Vice President Kamala Harris that it unleashed as soon as Biden made his stunning announcement Sunday that he would step aside.

Biden soon after endorsed Harris, who was quickly winning support from Democrats to be the party’s nominee.

The shakeup less than four months before Election Day lays out new challenges for Trump’s team, which had until recently been focused on contrasting the former president’s vigor and mental acuity with Biden’s.

Read more about the Trump campaign's pivot toward Harris.

The Democratic delegations of multiple states have decided to back Vice President Kamala Harris for the party nomination at next month’s national convention.

“Tonight, all 168 delegates of the North Carolina Democratic Party made history,” North Carolina party chair Anderson Clayton said in a post on the social platform X.

In South Carolina, party chair Christale Spain said in an email statement Sunday night that that state’s delegation met virtually. The vice president “has been fully vetted, and she has earned our unwavering support,” Spain said.

Harris received her first delegates earlier in the day from Tennessee, when the state party posted on X that its delegation voted during a meeting to back her.

Another state where the switch was made was New Hampshire, where the 25 pledged delegates voted unanimously Sunday night to endorse Harris.

The nation’s six Black state attorneys general threw their support behind Vice President Harris. In a statement on X, they laid out her qualifications and said she “has staunchly defended our right to choose and preserved our most sacred right to vote. There is no one more qualified to lead and continue to uphold the values of our great nation.”

The statement listed Letitia James, New York; Kwame Raoul, Illinois; Anthony Brown, Maryland; Andrea Campbell, Massachusetts; Keith Ellison, Minnesota; and Aaron Ford, Nevada.

Shortly after President Joe Biden announced that he would drop his reelection campaign, Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison had a message: There would be no automatic coronation for his replacement.

“In the coming days, the party will undertake a transparent and orderly process to move forward,” Harrison said in a statement. “This process will be governed by established rules and procedures of the party. Our delegates are prepared to take seriously their responsibility in swiftly delivering a candidate to the American people.“

The comment reflected the reality that while Vice President Kamala Harris is emerging as the prohibitive favorite to become the nominee — backed already by Biden and many Democrats — it’s not so simple. And for now, the party isn’t offering many details on what happens next.

Read more about the process of replacing Biden on the Democratic ticket.

FILE - Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, June 13, 2017, in Washington. She's already broken barriers, and now Vice President Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden's ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE - Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, June 13, 2017, in Washington. She's already broken barriers, and now Vice President Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden's ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, carry a sign before a campaign event, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, carry a sign before a campaign event, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, hold signs in the audience at a campaign event, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, hold signs in the audience at a campaign event, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, arrives to speak before Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, arrives to speak before Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mattia Crovino, of Bologna, Italy, watches a news broadcast announcing that President Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House, Sunday, July 21, 2024,. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Mattia Crovino, of Bologna, Italy, watches a news broadcast announcing that President Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House, Sunday, July 21, 2024,. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Anna Filipic, of Washington, holds her daughter Louisa Monje, 2, outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024, as they show support for President Joe Biden. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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George Ledbetter watches news of President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 race for the White House at They Say Restaurant in Harper Woods, Mich., Sunday, July 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

George Ledbetter watches news of President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 race for the White House at They Say Restaurant in Harper Woods, Mich., Sunday, July 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A news crawl appears on the side of the Fox News building in New York, Sunday, July 21, 2024, in the wake of President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 race for the White House. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A news crawl appears on the side of the Fox News building in New York, Sunday, July 21, 2024, in the wake of President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 race for the White House. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A view of the White House is seen in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A view of the White House is seen in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris embraces President Joe Biden after a speech on healthcare in Raleigh, N.C., March. 26, 2024. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, July 21, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley, File)

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris embraces President Joe Biden after a speech on healthcare in Raleigh, N.C., March. 26, 2024. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, July 21, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley, File)

A handmade sign for Vice President Kamala Harris appears on a lawn, Sunday, July 21, 2024, in Washington. She’s already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden’s ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A handmade sign for Vice President Kamala Harris appears on a lawn, Sunday, July 21, 2024, in Washington. She’s already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden’s ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Balloons for President Joe Biden are brought to the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Balloons for President Joe Biden are brought to the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hugh Kieve, 10, of Washington, holds a sign outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024, as he and his family come out to show support for President Joe Biden. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hugh Kieve, 10, of Washington, holds a sign outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024, as he and his family come out to show support for President Joe Biden. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FILE - President Joe Biden arrives for the NATO summit in Washington, July 10, 2024. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, July 21, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE - President Joe Biden arrives for the NATO summit in Washington, July 10, 2024. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, July 21, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event May 1, 2024, in Jacksonville, Fla. She’s already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden’s ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event May 1, 2024, in Jacksonville, Fla. She’s already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden’s ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

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