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Trump Says Russia ‘Agreed to Help with North Korea’ but Envoy Wants Sanctions Lifted

Trump Says Russia ‘Agreed to Help with North Korea’ but Envoy Wants Sanctions Lifted

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday morning that one important outcome of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is that Russia “has agreed to help with North Korea.”

On the very same morning, Russia’s envoy to North Korea called on the U.N. Security Council to relax sanctions against Pyongyang, even though the United States is pushing for even tougher sanctions on oil.

Secretary Pompeo on Wednesday applauded Pyongyang’s repatriation of American remains from the Korean War as a positive development.

Last Thursday, the United States asked the U.N. Security Council to halt the delivery of all refined oil products to North Korea as punishment for North Korean oil smuggling.

Quite simply, Russia stands to gain enormously if sanctions on North Korea are lifted and the reclusive dictatorship opens itself to outside investment and trade.

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