The US President Donald Trump has said that heavy sanctions imposed on Russia should not become a barrier for future friendly cooperation between two nations, adding that a good stance of international relations would likely help to solve the North Korean threat and many other global issues as well.
Trump’s comments on the possible improvement of relations with Moscow came hours after he has told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin sincerely denied on the sidelines of the APEC summit Kremlin’s interfernce in the US presidential election.
“Russia has been very very heavily sanctioned, they were sanctioned at a very high level and that took place very recently. It’s now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken… I feel that having Russia in a friendly posture as opposed to always fighting with them is an asset to the world and an asset to our country, not a liability,” during a joint press conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dại Quang.
Commenting on the North Korean issue Trump also stressed that the US need “progress, not provocation”.
Earlier on in the day, US President said that he “tried hard” to be a friend of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in spite of all of his insults.
In September, Kim has called Trump “mentally deranged US dotard” after the US president threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend the United States.
The situation on the Korean peninsula has escalated in recent months after Pyongyang carried out several ballistic missile and nuclear tests in violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Earlier, the UNSC adopted its toughest resolution against North Korea, restricting oil exports, as well as the country’s access to gas liquids, and banning import of textile products from the Asian nation.