Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump discusses North Korea situation with Putin -White House

Trump discusses North Korea situation with Putin -White House

The two presidents spoke by phone following Mr Putin's annual press conference in Moscow, where Mr Putin was asked to assess Mr Trump's first year in office.

The White House issued a brief statement that Trump spoke with his Russian counterpart to discuss the "very dangerous" situation in North Korea. It then added that, "the two presidents also discussed working together to resolve the very unsafe situation in North Korea".

Mr Putin had earlier warned the United States against using force against North Korea. The Kremlin made a point of noting that Trump initiated the call.

The publicist reportedly reached out several times to Trump's inner circle during the elections.

The two also discussed the nuclear crisis in North Korea, according to official statements from both governments. He added, however, that the U.S.

China is North Korea's top trading partner and most powerful ally, making the country a natural choice to urge Kim to stop long-range missile tests and discontinue the pursuit of a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the US mainland.

Nebenzya said North Korea won't halt its nuclear and missile programs "while it feels a direct threat to its security", and that is why Russian Federation and China have urged both sides to take steps to de-escalate the situation.

Tillerson's remarks before the United Nations council appeared to backtrack some on overtures he made to North Korea earlier this week to open peace talks.

He did, however, warn the USA not to use force against North Korea, adding that the consequences will be "catastrophic". But since then, ties have soured further after USA officials said Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election - something Moscow denies. "We will in the meantime keep our channels of communication open".

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis disputed that claim on December 15, however, saying that North Korea "has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us" despite the technological advances demonstrated by its recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

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