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Trump hints at lifting Russia sanctions

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump hinted yesterday that he wants sanctions against Russia lifted.

Speaking to reporters at the Apec summit in Vietnam, Mr Trump said Russia has been “very heavily sanctioned” and “it’s now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken.

“Having Russia in a friendly posture as opposed to always fighting them is an asset,” he added.

On North Korea, Mr Trump voiced hope that China and Russia would "be a tremendous help" in resolving the nuclear stand-off with Pyongyang. Beijing and Moscow have pressed for a return to six-nation talks, which have been stalled for a decade.

Quizzed over a sarcastic remark on Twitter about him failing to befriend North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — part of an exchange of insults between the two — Mr Trump said such a friendship “might be a strange thing to happen, but it’s certainly a possibility.” However, having been branded an “old lunatic” by the hereditary ruler in Pyongyang, the US President whined that he “would never” call Mr Kim “short and fat.”


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