Trump says Russia is hurting US efforts to solve North Korea issue

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U.S. President Donald Trump stands during a joint statement with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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President Donald Trump and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien
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  • President Donald Trump told Fox Business Network host
    Lou Dobbs that Russia may be hurting US efforts to resolve the
    North Korea crisis.
  • Trump also said that China is “helping us.”
  • North Korea has launched numerous provocative missile
    tests in recent months.

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday
that Russia was hurting U.S. efforts to rid North Korea of
nuclear weapons while China had been helpful.

In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said it would be
easier to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue if the United
States had a better relationship with Russia.

“China is helping us and maybe Russia’s going through the other
way and hurting what we’re getting,” Trump said of the North
Korea situation.

A series of weapons tests by North Korea and a string of
increasingly bellicose exchanges between Trump and North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un have ratcheted up tensions.

Trump has pressed China to help rein in North Korea’s nuclear
program. China, North Korea’s sole major ally, accounts for more
than 90 percent of trade with the isolated country.

Trump said in a tweet that he spoke with Chinese President Xi
Jinping on Thursday and the conversation included North
Korea.

U.S.-Russia relations have been strained over allegations Russia
meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Moscow’s
annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its backing of the Syrian
government.

“I think we could have a good relationship” with Russia, Trump
said. “I think that North Korean situation would be easier
settled.”

Trump said during last year’s campaign he hoped to improve
relations with Moscow.   

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)



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