Russia says calls by US administration officials that North Korea take certain actions before a meeting is held between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are meant to torpedo that summit.
Trump was recently briefed by South Korean officials who had earlier met with Kim. Soon after the briefing, the US president said a meeting was being planned between him and the North Korean leader “by May.”
Later, however, White House officials said that meeting would not take place unless Pyongyang took “concrete actions.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called those remarks “provocation,” according to a report by TASS on Saturday.
“Even when US President Donald Trump said he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-in and settle all the problems, US presidential administration officials rushed to say that further pressure on Pyongyang was needed as it had backed down,” Lavrov told Vietnamese…