Trump: We’re playing a “very hard game of poker” with North Korea

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President Trump tells Reuters that Russia is “not helping us at all with North Korea,” and that the Russian actions are “denting” progress China is making. He also said North Korea is getting “closer every day” to getting a missile that can hit the U.S.

Putin “can do a lot,” Trump said, “but unfortunately we don’t have much of a relationship with Russia, and in some cases it’s probable that what China takes back, Russia gives. So the net result is not as good as it could be.”

Context: Thursday in Vancouver a group of nations met to discuss nuclear security and North Korea, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called out both Russia and China for helping North Korea.

On future talks with North Korea: Trump said he’s “not sure that sitting down [with the North Koreans] will solve the problem.”

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