Trump says Russia hurting US efforts on North Korea nuclear issue

Trump has pressed China to help rein in North Korea’s nuclear program. China, North Korea’s sole major ally, accounts for more than 0 percent of trade with the isolated country.

Trump said in a tweet that will he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday in addition to the conversation included North Korea.

U.S.-Russia relations have been strained over allegations Russia meddled within the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Moscow’s annexation of Crimea via Ukraine in addition to its backing of the Syrian government.

“I think we could have a not bad relationship” with Russia, Trump said. “I think that will North Korean situation might be easier settled.”

Trump said during last year’s campaign he hoped to improve relations with Moscow.

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