After his press conference, Putin got on the phone with Trump and mainly discussed the North Korean nuclear problem, according to a brief readout provided by the Kremlin. "China is helping. Russian Federation is not helping". We would like to have Russia's help.
North Korean Ambassador Ja Song Nam did not back off his country's tough rhetoric in a rare appearance before the United Nations council on December 15 in which he called the country's nuclear weapons program "an inevitable self-defensive measure", given what he called "the USA nuclear threat and blackmail". China suggested that the USA and South Korea cease large-scale military exercises near the Korean Peninsula to speed up the process, but the Trump administration rejected such calls.
Trump has also failed to clearly state that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an attempt to get him elected, as has been unanimously concluded by the USA intelligence community. That said, the same is true for dozens of other nations, including China, who all seem to be acting in violation of the U.N. sanctions.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis disputed that claim on December 15, however, saying that North Korea "has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us" despite the technological advances demonstrated by its recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests. If true, that would contradict Trump's assertion that China is "helping" with the situation.
During his remarks in Moscow, Putin accused those investigating potential collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign of damaging the US political situation, "incapacitating the president and showing a lack of respect to voters who cast their ballots for him".
He emphasised that Russian Federation opposes Pyongyang's nuclear bid, but added the USA had "provoked" Pyongyang into developing its nuclear and missile programs by spiking a 2005 deal under which North Korea agreed to halt them.
Washington and Moscow had many common interests, he said, citing the Middle East, North Korea, worldwide terrorism, environmental problems and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.