US, Russia 'share same objective' on North Korea: Mike Pompeo

US, Russia 'share same objective' on North Korea: Mike Pompeo

Moscow hopes Washington will cooperate to provide security guarantees for North Korea as part of denuclearization negotiations, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday following a meeting in Sochi with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

If Russia interfered, "it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been", Pompeo said.

"We had a frank discussion about many issues including many places where we disagree", Pompeo said.

Lavrov said the Mueller report and "baseless" allegations of Putin-Trump collusion in the 2016 election had "frozen" the relationship.

One such situation is the conflict in Syria, where Russian Federation has supported President Bashar al-Assad's forces, while the United States has backed rebels who want to see Assad out of office. U.S.

He also noted that "there was no personal message from Putin to Trump".

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"We had a very productive conversation on pathways forward in Syria, things we can do together where we have a shared set of interests on how to move the political process forward", Pompeo told reporters at the airport before leaving. "Iran, after signing of the treaty, is the most verifiable and most transparent country in the world in this sense", he said.

Pompeo and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton have repeatedly accused Russia, along with Cuba, of propping up Maduro and demanded that Russian and other foreign troops, intelligence officers and security forces leave the country. "We want to get some humanitarian aid". He later called on "every country that's interfering in Venezuela to cease doing that". And he did say that the USA does not want to have war.

As well as the issue of interference in USA elections, the two men also clashed over Venezuela, with Lavrov sharply criticising Washington for trying to undermine President Nicolas Maduro, who Pompeo said must now step down in the face of economic crisis and large-scale protests against his rule.

The move was reportedly a response to Tehran's alleged plans to carry out attacks on USA forces and allies in the Middle East.

"We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran". "Iran might take retaliatory steps [over the U.S. leaving the JCPOA], and say that it's leaving something, but tomorrow everyone will forget it was triggered by the USA and all the blame will be put on Iran". He added, "We've also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion".

As North Korea is now under siege as a result of the worldwide economic sanctions and the domestic food crisis, it is very likely that the latest missile firing could have been just an "appetizer": Kim may further escalate his military provocation so as to force the U.S. back to the negotiation table.

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