US, Russia 'share same objective' on N.Korea: Pompeo

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This came following talks between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian President Vladimir Putin, described as constructive and positive by Moscow. There are also other facets for our cooperation in economic security."Pompeo, on the other hand, said that the two sides engaged in "a productive set of conversations."There are places we disagree".

Diplomatic observers say Putin apparently has in mind the suspended six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program. "Our elections are important and sacred and they must be kept free and fair and with no outside country interfering".

Trump has voiced a desire since his presidential campaign to cooperate with Russian Federation on global challenges.

When asked about a New York Times report on his administration's military plans concerning Iran, Trump called it "fake news" and said there are no plans for that.

"We highlighted that the leadership of DPRK expects certain guarantees of security of their country reciprocated by denuclearization", Lavrov said of his talks with Pompeo, echoing the main focus of President Vladimir Putin's remarks after his summit with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un last month.

Venezuela was a key point of discussion and difference, with the US firm in its commitment to support opposition figure Juan Guaidó as the country's legitimate leader and Russian Federation equally firm in its backing of embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

"We are looking for Iran to behave like a normal country", Pompeo said, pointing in part to Tehran's backing of Huthi rebels in Yemen who are under attack from USA ally Saudi Arabia.

Pompeo spoke of "truly overlapping interests" that the two countries "can build on, and most importantly, President Trump very much wants to do that".

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"Despite the exotic nature of Mr. Mueller's commission, on the whole, he conducted quite an objective investigation and confirmed the absence of any collusion between the USA administration and Russian Federation", he said.

On Venezuela, Lavrov again warned the US against any attempts to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro.

Experts said the meetings in Sochi demonstrated that even in cases when USA and Russian interests overlap in certain parts of the world, it should be viewed as a mere coincidence, rather than a pattern.

Despite being at odds on that issue, Pompeo added, the USA and Russian Federation should work to ease the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Reports, meanwhile, keep flooding in that Spain's Defence Minister Margarita Robles has ordered the "temporary measure of withdrawal of the frigate Méndez Núñez (F-104) from the combat group of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln while it is in the Middle East". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

The US top diplomat added that if American interests are attacked by Iran, the United States will "most certainly respond in the appropriate fashion".

But, like Pompeo, Khamenei stopped short of saying Iran is now seeking a resolution to the tensions.

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