Trump thanks Putin for remarks on strong United States economy

Frederick Owens
December 18, 2017

The two presidents discussed ways to work together to address North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons program, with Mr Putin warning the USA against using force against the rogue nation.

There is no indication Trump or his assistant followed up on the offer, the Post said.

Putin had applauded Trump and his handling of the U.S. economy at an annual end-of-year press conference that was broadcast on Russian national television Thursday, saying, "Look at the markets, how they've risen. There are a lot of nations that agree with us - nearly everybody", Trump said.

The two also discussed the nuclear crisis in North Korea, according to official statements from both governments. Tillerson said about 35,000 of the workers are in Russian Federation right now. Among other issues, the presidents discussed such urgent problems as the North Korean nuclear settlement.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya shot back, saying North Korean workers are in Russian Federation as part of a bilateral agreement "which guarantees their rights", and they are not subject to slave-like conditions.

"If you talk about Russian Federation, meddling, interference - that takes the PDB off the rails", one former senior US intelligence official said, using an acronym for the president's daily briefing.

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"We very much hope that the USA will be able to help resolve the crisis on the Korean peninsula", Nebenzya said, directly addressing Tillerson. "Why does it all have to take on some tint of spymania?" he said. "People who do it are inflicting damage to the country's domestic political situation", Mr Putin said.

Speaking after the talks, Mr Trump told reporters: "The primary point was to talk about North Korea because we would love to have his help on North Korea".

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North Korea has continuously sparked fears of the outbreak of World War 3 as Kim Jong-un refuses to give up his ambitions to become the "world's strongest nuclear power". "We will in the meantime keep our channels of communication open".

The Security Council has ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea over its weapons programs since 2006.

Some also believe that China is helping North Korea further develop its weapons, based on the progress it has made with submarine ballistic missile technology.

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