North Korea has reportedly sent an incredibly chilling warning to Putin regarding a nuclear attack on the US.
Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, then passed the info straight to Washington, which has resulted in a change of approach from President Donald Trump.
However, officials from the Kremlin have denied any such knowledge of a personal correspondence between Kim Jong-un and their Commander in Chief, Vladimir Putin.
The message was apparently conveyed between the two nations by a letter, though the existence of such a letter has been denied officially.
This comes as Putin meets with Trump in Vietnam today – all with the spectre of nuclear war hanging over their heads.
It wouldn’t be the first time letters have been used as forms of communication from North Korea – Russia’s Chairwoman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, admitted she’d received a letter directly addressed to Putin just last month, reports Sputnik.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
It seems there’s some truth in the claims about the de-escalation of correspondence between Donald Trump and the leader of the DPRK, after Trump tweeted he one day wanted to be friends with Kim.
Previously, he’s famously promised ‘fire and fury’ unlike anything the world has ever seen and has even promised to ‘totally destroy’ the so-called Communist state.
However, during his tour of Asia, Trump has dialled-back these incendiary statements and urged North Korea to engage in talks with the rest of the world.
He did lay down this warning though:
This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past. Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.
Putin has also made attempts at soothing the situation and has urged both the US and North Korea to come to the table for talks, saying:
First of all, halt the rhetoric, then halt all the manifestations of aggression from all the sides and sitting down at the negotiation table eventually.
It's currently unknown what the nuclear capabilities of the 'rogue' state are at this point, despite constant threats coming from the hermit nation.
There have been numerous claims the state now has nuclear capabilities which could threaten to destroy the US west coast.
This comes after a Russian politician revealed he saw a North Korean missile they plan on testing ‘in the nearest future.’
Anton Morozov told RIA Novost, he and two colleagues visited the rogue nation where they were shown the missile which could reach the US west coast, reports the Inquirer.
They showed him the ‘mathematical calculations which they say prove that their missile is capable of reaching the US west coast,’ he said last month.
President Trump is currently undertaking a tour of Asia in the hopes countries will join America in the 'international resolve to confront' North Korea.
The White House statement read in full:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii from November 3 - 14, 2017.
The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements — including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit — demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region.
President Trump will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America's prosperity and security.
He will also emphasise the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America's trade partners.
The President's engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Pretty sure Kim will have something to say about that.