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jueves, 18 de enero de 2018

Trump Accuses Russia of Helping North Korea Evade Sanctions.

U.S. President Donald Trump has accused Russia of helping North Korea evade international sanctions, and said Pyongyang is making daily progress in its quest to develop ballistic missiles that can reach the United States

In an Oval Office interview with Reuters Wednesday, Trump praised China for its efforts to restrict oil and coal supplies to North Korea but said Beijing could do much more to help constrain Pyongyang. But he said Russia appears to be filling in the gaps left by the Chinese.

On Russia, North Korea
“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump told Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.”He suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin might deliberately be subverting the sanctions.

“He can do a lot,” Trump said of Putin. “But unfortunately we don’t have much of a relationship with Russia, and in some cases it’s probable that what China takes back, Russia gives. So the net result is not as good as it could be.”

During the nearly hour long interview, Trump was less optimistic than he has appeared recently on the value of direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

When asked by reporters whether he has communicated directly with Kim, Trump was evasive. But he said he might be willing to have a face-to face meeting with the North Korean leader.

“I’d sit down, but I’m not sure that sitting down will solve the problem,” Trump told Reuters. He noted, however, that past efforts by previous administrations had been unsuccessful in limiting Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

“I’m not sure that talks will lead to anything meaningful,” he said. “They’ve talked for 25 years and they’ve taken advantage of our presidents, of our previous presidents.”

Trump told Reuters he welcomed inter-Korean cooperation on the upcoming Winter Olympic Games to be held in the South next month, saying it could be an initial phase in helping diffuse tensions on the Korean peninsula.