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In phone call, Trump and Putin talk economy, North Korean nuclear threat

18 December 2017, 12:43 | Sherry Padilla

In phone call, Trump and Putin talk economy, North Korean nuclear threat

After Trump was briefed on the findings about Russia's election interference former FBI Director James Comey stayed behind to tell the President about the Steele dossier which may have led to animosity

The two leaders talked about the North Korea's nuclear weapons program, as well as other bilateral issues, the Kremlin said without elaborating.

Shortly after Trump made his remarks to reporters at the White House on December 15, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Russian Federation and China to do more to pressure North Korea, and charged that Moscow continues to employ North Korean workers in "slave-like conditions".

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not doing enough to pressure North Korea's Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear ambitions, President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday.

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. We have a lot of support. "China's helping, Russia's not helping; we'd like to have Russia's help", Trump said at a briefing outside the White House.

Although a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Brian Hale, told The Post that the briefing is "written by senior-level, career intelligence officers", and that it "always provides objective intelligence - including on Russian Federation - to the president and his staff", officials said that this intelligence is sometimes only included in the written briefing and is not communicated to the president orally. "We'd like to have Russia's help - very important".

The two men had also talked about improving dialogue between Russian Federation and the United States, Peskov said.


He also welcomed the US' "awareness of reality" in the North Korea situation. "This is evidence of investors' trust in the US economy", Putin said.

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. "People who do it are inflicting damage to the country's domestic political situation", Mr Putin said.

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Washington and Moscow had many common interests, he said, citing the Middle East, North Korea, worldwide terrorism, environmental problems and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

"North Korea must earn its way back to the table", Tillerson told the United Nations council. "We will in the meantime keep our channels of communication open".



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