Russia thwarting US efforts on North Korean nuclear issue: US President Donald Trump

October 26, 2017 4:05 pm
President speaks during a briefing on hurricane relief efforts in Dallas, Texas, on October 25, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
US President Donald Trump has accused of thwarting efforts to solve the North Korean nuclear issue while praised China for being helpful in this regard.
“China is helping us and maybe Russia’s going through the other way and hurting what we’re getting,” Trump said on Wednesday of the North Korea situation while speaking in an interview with Fox Business Network.
He added that a better relationship with Russia might help to contain the threat presented by North Korea whose leadership has threatened to attack the US – the country which has thousands of nuclear weapons – with nukes if it continues its aggressive policy against the country.
“I think we could have a good relationship” with Russia, Trump said. “I think that North Korean situation would be easier settled.”
Tensions between the US and North Korea have dramatically increased following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and an ugly war of words between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump has called on China, North Korea’s main ally, to help contain North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and discussed issues related to North Korea and trade.
But relations between the and Russia have hit their lowest ebb since the end of the Cold War in 1991, largely due to the crises in Ukraine and Syria and over allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.
“I think we could have a good relationship” with Russia, Trump said. “I think that North Korean situation would be easier settled.”
The North Korean leader has ordered the production of more rocket warheads and engines, shortly after suggested that its threats of military action and sanctions were having an impact on Pyongyang’s behavior.
Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward the country and dissolves the US-led UN command in South Korea. Thousands of US soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan.
A former American Senate adviser has said the risk of war between the United States and North Korea has increased by about 30 percent, after the US Air Force decided to place its fleet of B-52 nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since 1991.
James Jatras made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday after General David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, reportedly announced this weekend that the US would rebuild and update old B-52 nuclear bombers and put them on high alert amid threats from North Korea.
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