North Korea criticizes Pompeo over comments on nuke talks

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"Ushakov said the discussions would center on the standoff over the North's nuclear program, noting that Russian Federation will try to" unite the positive trends" coming from U.S. President Donald Trump's encounters with Kim.

President Vladimir Putin said that he was willing to share details with the United States about his summit with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia's influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization.The two leaders' first one-on-one did not indicate major changes in North Korea's position.

Even so, Putin didn't mind because he wanted to play the North Korean card as well.

The summit between Putin and Kim has also boosted Russia's stature in China, Japan and South Korea.

When the two sides meet next week, they are also expected to touch on Seoul's delayed plan to provide humanitarian assistance to the North.

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The theory that Putin may have been informally nudged to broker a deal with the United States was somewhat evident what he had to say at the end of the meeting & after Kim had returned by train to his native land.

Just days before, director general of the DPRK foreign ministry's Department of American Affairs Kwon Jong Gun urged President Trump to remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as his top nuclear negotiator.

According to Sky News, North Korea vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui said "changing paths is not a privilege that only the USA has".

Trump will hold another meeting with Abe in late May when he visits Japan as the first foreign head of state to meet Japan's new Emperor Naruhito, who was enthroned on Wednesday.

Although Mr Putin extended an invitation to Mr Kim nearly a year ago, the North Korean leader only accepted it after his second summit with Mr Trump ended without any agreement to relieve United Nations sanctions that are choking his economy.

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The move comes as talks have stalled between Washington and Pyongyang on the North's denuclearization.

True, the erstwhile Soviet Union and North Korea had warm bilateral ties and President Putin has been trying to boost Russia's engagement with North Korea in recent times.

Earlier on Tuesday, North Korea supported the assembly.

The engagement between Moscow and Pyongyang continued to flag, as Kim, following the Trump administration's aggressive policy towards North Korea, chose to hold direct talks with the USA to resolve the nuclear issue.

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