Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes Trump-Kim summit can be resurrected

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US president Donald Trump cancelled the meeting, slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, in a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the world had "lost a great opportunity for lasting peace".
Putin (right) and Macron attend a signing ceremony after talks in St Petersburg, Russia. PHOTO: REUTERS

STREL'NA, Russia (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (May 24) Russia regrets US President Donald Trump calling off his summit plans with Kim Jong Un, but hopes dialogue can be resumed and the summit eventually take place.

"We had counted on that a significant step towards a de-escalation on the Korean peninsula would be taken and a start made on the denuclearisation..." Putin said at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump announced on Thursday that he would not go ahead with the meeting with Kim set for June 12 in Singapore, and would instead pursue Washington's campaign of "maximum pressure" through sanctions on Pyongyang.

"We hope that a dialogue will be resumed, continued and the meeting take place," said Putin, adding that Kim "did everything he promised to do".

Meanwhile, Macron said he wants the "non-proliferation process to continue" despite the cancellation of the summit.

"I would like this to be just an incident," in that process, he added.

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