DONALD Trump is being forced to seek out help from Russia to take down North Korea amid fears of World War 3.
Vladimir Putin’s regime is becoming the kingmaker as the knife-edge crisis worsens between Washington and Pyongyang.
Russia is said to be increasingly becoming Kim Jong-un’s preferred ally as China cracks down on North Korea.
US diplomats are reportedly being forced to seek out Putin – believing he can be more valuable than anyone in tackling Kim.
War fears have reached fever pitch in region as US General James Mattis warned of a “massive military response” as he visited the border of North Korea.
Kim has responded by promising to detonate a H-bomb over the Pacific, a move that could spark nuclear war.
“Russia’s going through the other way and hurting what we’re getting”
Russia has been calling for peace in the region, but has been accused of providing backdoor support for the regime.
Frosty relations also rage between the Kremlin and the White House as Putin is accused of fiddling with the US election.
Washington’s top envoy to North Korea Joseph Yun reportedly said he wants to increase ties with Moscow to tackle Kim.
Trump accused Putin of hurting US efforts to tackle North Korea – while at the same time praising China.
The US president said: “China is helping us and maybe Russia’s going through the other way and hurting what we’re getting.
“I think we could have a good relationship. I think that the North Korean situation would be easier settled.”
Moscow is reported to have hosted “back channel” talks between the US and North Korea at a disarmament conference.
Russia remains at odds with the US over hacking accusations as well as the war in Syria, the annexation of Crimea, and military build-ups in Baltic.
Daily Star Online previously revealed which side Putin would take if the US attacked North Korea.