Trump says Russia helping N. Korea evade sanctions

Trump says Russia helping N. Korea evade sanctions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined an opportunity to clarify whether President Donald Trump has spoken with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after the President alluded to possible communications in an interview last week with The Wall Street Journal.

A commentary in North Korea's state-run publication Rodong Sinmun called Trump's "bigger nuclear button" tweet warning a bluff, 'just a spasm of a lunatic frightened by the might of North Korea, ' by a person who has the habit and making reckless remarks, "Recently, Trump who is insane about the hostile policy toward North Korea, has once again stunned the world by twitting that he has a 'big and strong nuclear button.' After these reckless remarks were twitted, they have become the target of scoff and criticism".

"We confirm topicality of the road map suggested by the Russian Federation and China in the interests of an entirely peaceful settlement of this problem", he said. Experts also seem to agree that the imposition of more severe sanctions, even with the support of China, could be counterproductive in that North Korea may feel that its hand is being forced to take military action as its only available option.

Kelly told Fox News' Bret Baier that Kim has to be dealt with in one way or another.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in may be more open to renewed connection with the North than many of his predecessors, but South Korea remains heavily dependent on the presence of USA troops for its protection, and even more on US arms sales.

"If South and North Korea form one team and compete in the games, that will be an everlasting historic event, which I think will move our people and people around the world", South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday.

He blamed his three immediate predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, for failing to resolve the crisis and, a day after his doctor gave him a ideal score on a cognitive test, suggested he had the mental acuity to solve it.

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"There are open channels, but I would prefer not to comment", he said.

The US possesses an estimated 9,600 nuclear missiles, enough to eliminate life on earth multiple times - were it not vapourised in a mere "few" nuclear strikes. The president said Moscow was filling in the gaps created by Beijing's decision to restrict oil and coal supplies to the North.

It comes amid a charm offensive from North Korea which has entered into talks with its southern neighbour in recent days.

According to CNN, Trump's comments appear to be in reference to the reports that Russian tankers have helped refuel North Korea with shipments at sea, and follows allegations from U.S. officials that Russia has been lax in its implementation of UN Security Council sanctions. John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies in South Korea, believes that North Korea has over time grown so accustomed to adapting to sanctions that their leadership is less phased by the economic pressure. Besides, the nukes aren't new - the thing that has ratcheted up concern is Pyonyang's development of inter-continental ballistic missiles.

Trump has repeatedly blamed a US investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election for hindering an improvement in U.S.

Trump's "button" tweet "reflects the desperate mental state of a loser", Rodong Sinmun said in its commentary, diagnosing him as "suffering from anger disorder and schizophrenia". "Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters".

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