>> President Donald Trump on Wednesday, accused Russia of helping North Korea evade economic sanctions as China has withdrawn its aid. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Trump said Russia is quote, not helping us at all with North Korea, but Trump praised the actions of Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying Beijing is doing a lot to help reign in Pyongyang.
Reporter Steve Holland was in the Oval Office with Trump for the interview.>> The President said that China is cutting off supplies of oil and coal. But he said the problem is that Russia is filling in the gaps. They're coming in sending fuel to North Korea to help them.
We have not had the President saying this directly in a public way. So this is a new development. Russians deny this but the President said this is a big problem. And that the United States doesn't have a great relationship with Moscow so it's not able to sorta figure this issue out at the moment.
>> He added that China could do more to help. The President said the United States needs to add to its missile defense systems, because North Korea is getting closer to being able to launch a strike.>> They're not there yet, he said, but they're getting closer every day.
>> Trump has said recently that he would be willing to speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But he told Reuter's he was not sure it would lead to anything meaningful.>> In the past, the President has welcomed the opportunity. He said, he might be willing to have talks directly with Kim, but today he wondered whether anything good would come of it.
>> While praising China for its help with North Korea, Trump also sent Beijing a clear warning on trade, saying his administration was considering, quote, a big fine as part of an investigation into China's alleged depth of US intellectual property.