Ending Russia trip, North Korean leader says USA acting in 'bad faith'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have discussed taking bilateral cooperation to a new level, Korean Central Telegraph Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday.

Putin said after holding his first face-to-face talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday that US security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade Pyongyang to shut its nuclear program.

But he insisted the North needed "guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty".

"We need to. return to a state where worldwide law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world", Mr Putin said.

The limos were made by German automaker Daimler, yet the company says it does not know how Kim acquired the vehicles, according to Fox News.

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He also told Putin the situation on the Korean Peninsula has reached a "critical point" and whether tensions resume will "entirely depend on the USA future attitude".

Earlier talks between the USA and North Korea reportedly broke down after Kim demanded full sanctions relief - a commitment the United States was not willing to make. "There is a much simpler way to deal with it and that is to denuclearize", he said, adding: "I think it's critically important that we all remain in lockstep in enforcing the U.N. Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea".

Still, Moon - who has long backed engagement with the nuclear-armed North - offered earlier this month to meet Kim for a fourth summit at any time and said he will continue efforts to restart suspended joint economic projects.

Such totems of bonhomie, not exactly simulated as during Kim's summit with Donald Trump past year, were reinforced with champagne toasts and performances of Russian folk dances and also, of course, at the dinner table ~ borscht and reindeer dumplings, as well as two types of wine.

The meeting was Kim's first with another head of state since returning from Hanoi.

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Putin left the same day for China and Kim stayed on for a series of cultural events.

"The leaders of DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] and Russian Federation both agreed that the meeting and talks became a very useful event which has great significance for sustainable and healthy development of relations between the countries that have had a long history and tradition of friendship", KCNA noted. "A lot of progress is being made", Trump told reporters at the White House. North Korea, for nearly four decades a colony of imperial Japan, has seemingly absorbed the kamikaze-like death wish of those pilots who once made a last-ditch suicidal stand to die for the emperor. As expected, the first summit between Putin and Kim Jong-Un has not resulted in signing documents or agreements, but it opened up the possibility of future high-level engagement between the two neighbours and former allies.

In point of fact, Russian Federation can only offer modest diplomatic and economic support to North Korea. The labourers are a major source of income for Pyongyang.

Kim arrived back in the North Korean capital in his special armored train and was received with a welcome ceremony attended by senior officials of the regime, the Workers' Party and the army, the KCNA news agency reported.

"What we see is an outreach to try to find a way to deal with it".

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