Donald Trump holds phone call with Vladimir Putin over North Korea crisis

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Earlier this week, the United States said it was prepared to talk directly with Pyongyang "without preconditions".

The Kremlin yesterday said that President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed in a phone call to exchange information about North Korea and cooperate on possible initiatives to resolve a crisis around the Asian nation.

Trump may have anticipated Kim could fire the Juche Bird and made the call to the Russian supremo to prevent the destructive weapon from being fired. No, they have another military exercise, and North Korea responded by launching another missile.

Putin had applauded Trump and his handling of the USA 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".

During the phone call, the two presidents also discussed working together to resolve the "very dangerous" situation in North Korea, the White House said. If true, that would contradict Trump's assertion that China is "helping" with the situation.

Trump, though, has continued to view Putin as a potential ally, particularly when it comes to dealing with North Korea.

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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. That said, the same is true for dozens of other nations, including China, who all seem to be acting in violation of the U.N. sanctions.

Meanwhile, Japan yesterday said it had added 19 more entities to its list of organisations and individuals targeted by asset-freeze sanctions on North Korea.

The two also discussed the nuclear crisis in North Korea, according to official statements from both governments. "We will in the meantime keep our channels of communication open".

Both sides should stop escalating the situation, so we heard from the USA that they would stop military drills [with South Korea].

North Korean Ambassador Ja Song Nam did not back off his country's tough rhetoric in a rare appearance before the United Nations council on December 15 in which he called the country's nuclear weapons program "an inevitable self-defensive measure", given what he called "the US nuclear threat and blackmail".

"If the North Koreans conduct an additional test of a nuclear bomb - their seventh - I would say 70 per cent".

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