Tongue-lashings from North Korea's Kim underscore shift in focus to economy

Tongue-lashings from North Korea's Kim underscore shift in focus to economy

Tongue-lashings from North Korea's Kim underscore shift in focus to economy

"We have no speed limit".

Russian Federation has agreed to help the US negotiate with North Korea, President Donald Trump said Wednesday ― the same day a summit between Moscow and Pyongyang was announced.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued to defend his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a day after walking back his remarks in which he would not endorse U.S. intelligence findings on Russian election meddling over Putin's denial.

Since the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim on 12 June, there has been little reported progress towards denuclearisation.

"Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along".

"Discussions are ongoing, and they're going very, very well", he said.

And after making historic inroads with Pyongyang, the Trump administration organized a summit with North Korea last month to discuss denuclearization.

On Wednesday, Trump reaffirmed in a tweet that Russian Federation "had agreed to help with Noth Korea", adding sanctions he extended on Pyongyang earlier in April would remain in place.

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But since then, Mr Trump has suggested that dismantling North Korea's nuclear arsenal could be some way off.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also seems to be in favor of a fast denuclearization process.

Pressed on whether Trump warned Putin against interference, Sanders said, "The president has made clear to Vladimir Putin that he should stay out of US elections".

The president's latest comments on the timeline for denuclearisation appear to shift from his position ahead of the summit with Mr Kim, when he said denuclearisation should start "without delay".

The president also famously called North Korea an "extraordinary threat" to the USA, justifying more pressure on Pyongyang.

A senior US defense official says Washington hopes North Korea returns about 50 sets of remains within two weeks, . but the details are still thought to be sketchy.

Sunday's meeting marked the first time in almost a decade the US -led United Nations Command (UNC) met with their North Korean counterparts.

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