The White House scrambled to present a tougher stance toward Russia following President Trump’s summit with its leader, Vladimir Putin.
U.S. negotiators have faced stiff resistance from their North Korean counterparts despite the president’s declaration that the crisis had been “largely solved.”
The U.S. citizens wanted for questioning by a Russian prosecutor all played a role in a 2012 law that imposed sanctions on Russians in Putin’s inner circle.
The president bristled and bickered, interrupted and impeded — making clear to the world he is impatient and annoyed with the Western alliance.
The secretary of state told Afghanistan’s president that the United States will participate in his peace process.
But following Pyongyang’s denunciation of what it called “gangster-like” demands from the Trump administration, the president suggested China might be playing a negative role because of its trade dispute with the United States.
“If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said of U.S. demands for North Korea to denuclearize.
It was unclear whether the North Korean statement represented potential doom for meaningful negotiations or was just Pyongyang’s standard negotiating style.
The Trip comes as U.S. intelligence reports cast doubt on the regime’s willingness to relinquish its nuclear and missile arsenal.
Starting in the 1990s, the North Koreans and Americans had worked jointly to recover remains for more than a decade, but the cooperation was suspended during the George W. Bush era amid political tensions.