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Putin, Trump Presidents discussed North Korea in phone call

The two heads of state discussed "the situation in several crisis zones, with a focus on solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula"...

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US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured here in November 2017, discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme with Trump in a phone call on December 14, 2017, the Kremlin said play

US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured here in November 2017, discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme with Trump in a phone call on December 14, 2017, the Kremlin said

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Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme with US counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call Thursday, the Kremlin said.

The two heads of state discussed "the situation in several crisis zones, with a focus on solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula", it said in a statement, without elaborating.

Washington this week said it was ready to talk to North Korea -- which has launched several intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent months -- "without preconditions".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that while the Trump administration was still determined to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear arsenal, it was willing to "have the first meeting without preconditions".

Putin, in his annual press conference with hundreds of journalists in Moscow Thursday, welcomed the United States' "awareness of reality" in the crisis.

However, he called on all sides to "stop aggravating the situation" and said Moscow did not recognise North Korea's status as a nuclear power.

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