Former US Ambassador to Russia 'Shocked' by Trump's Phone Call to Putin

Former US Ambassador to Russia 'Shocked' by Trump's Phone Call to Putin

Former US Ambassador to Russia 'Shocked' by Trump's Phone Call to Putin

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.

The Kremlin acknowledged that Trump and Putin had discussed in a phone call Thursday how to counteract the North Korean nuclear threat, noting that the conversation came "at the initiative of the American side".

He emphasised that Russian Federation opposes Pyongyang's nuclear bid, but added the USA had "provoked" Pyongyang into developing its nuclear and missile programs by spiking a 2005 deal under which North Korea agreed to halt them.

UN studies have said most of Pyongyang's workers toil in China and Russian Federation under a system that forces them to send most of their earnings back to the government in North Korea, which the United States maintains uses the cash to help fund the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The White House said Trump thanked Putin for "acknowledging America's strong economic performance".

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In a conference call Friday, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said Trump and Putin discussed how to bring North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to the negotiation table to discuss denuclearization and how to improve U.S. -Russia communications.

"The two presidents also discussed working together to resolve the very unsafe situation in North Korea", added the White House. "People who do it are inflicting damage to the country's domestic political situation", Mr Putin said.

Mr Tillerson also called on China and Russian Federation to increase pressure on North Korea by going beyond the implementation of United Nations sanctions. "Acute issues of bilateral relations, as well as the situation in crisis hotspots worldwide were discussed, with an emphasis placed on settling the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue", the press service said in a statement. Tillerson suggested there would be no nuclear-related preconditions to talks with North Korea, but the White House swiftly rebuked his claim.

"North Korea must earn its way back to the table", Tillerson told the United Nations council.

North Korea has conducted more than 20 ballistic missile tests during 2017 and its most powerful nuclear explosion to date.

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