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Offbeat Putin defends North Korea over canceled summit

10:07  25 may  2018
10:07  25 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was disappointed the planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un was cancelled and said North Korea was not to blame.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was disappointed the planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un was cancelled and said North Korea was not to blame.

"In Russia, we took this news with regret," Putin said at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, The Associated Press reported.

"We had very much counted on it being a significant step in sorting out the situation on the Korean Peninsula and that it would be the beginning of the process of denuclearizing the whole Korean Peninsula," Putin continued.

The Latest: Putin defends NKorea after Trump cancels summit

  The Latest: Putin defends NKorea after Trump cancels summit The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local) :3:45 p.m.Russian President Vladimir Putin says North Korea had fulfilled its promises ahead of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.Trump canceled the summit on Thursday, citing "hostility" from North Korea.But Putin said the North Korean leader "did everything that he had promised in advance, even blowing up the tunnels and shafts" of the country's nuclear testing site. "After which, we heard about cancellation of the summit by the United States.

Vladimir Putin expressed regret that Donald Trump cancelled his summit with Kim Jong-un despite Pyongyang doing everything it was asked for and Putin also promised that Moscow and other international players “will be jointly working to bring the stances of the US and North Korea closer

Russian and North Korean leaders promise stronger ties at Vladivostok meeting. Putin and Kim promised to forge stronger ties during a two-hour meeting in the Russian city of Vladivostok, where the Russian president also offered to help break the deadlock over North Korea ’s nuclear weapons

Putin said Kim "did everything he promised in advance," citing North Korea's claim that it had destroyed its nuclear testing site.

Trump announced Thursday morning that he was scrapping the summit with Kim in light of the North Korean leader's "tremendous anger and open hostility" toward the United States.

A man walks past a TV broadcasting a news report on the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, in Seoul, South Korea, May 24, 2018.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji© Thomson Reuters A man walks past a TV broadcasting a news report on the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, in Seoul, South Korea, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

"I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," Trump wrote in the letter released by the White House.

In public remarks later, Trump opened the door to a future meeting if Kim took "constructive" steps.

U.S. officials indicated on Thursday that they had been preparing in recent days for the June 12 meeting in Singapore, but that the North Koreans stopped responding.

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Official says North Korea has no interest in ‘one-sided’ talks with US as state news agency criticises ‘provocative’ military exercises.

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a close up of a green field:  North Korea  invited foreign journalists to witness the destruction of a nuclear testing facility just hours before President Donald Trump  canceled a planned summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday morning.  North Korea demolished the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, where it has conducted six nuclear tests in recent months, in order to See the secretive nuclear facility North Korea destroyed just hours before Trump canceled his upcoming Kim Jong Un meeting

A senior White House official said the U.S. sent personnel to Singapore last week to set the meeting up, but North Korea "stood us up."

The official also accused North Korea of breaking its promises when it did not invite international inspectors to witness the destruction of its nuclear testing site. The official speculated that North Korea may not have completely destroyed the site beyond repair.

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