The Kremlin is attempting to disassociate itself from claims by its top media pundits, who've branded U.S. President Donald Trump as being a greater danger to Moscow than North Korea's leader.
"I don't want to telegraph what I'm doing or what I'm thinking".
If state TV is a guide, his tough talk on North Korea's nuclear program and decision to despatch a naval strike force to the region appear to have buried any Russian hopes that he might intervene less in foreign affairs than his predecessors. "I'm not like other administrations, where they say, we're going to do this in four weeks, and that doesn't work that way".
"I hope things work out well, I hope there is going to be peace". You look at, uh, different things over the years with President Obama, everybody, he's been outplayed. "He doesn't plan to attack anyone just for the sake of it", said Kiselyov, who was a cheerleader for state TV's strong anti-American tone under the Obama administration and once said Moscow could turn the United States into radioactive ash.
He said, "drawing red lines hasn't really worked in the past".
"You know, they've been talking with this gentleman for a long time". He had already began to dial back the Trumpomania and start criticizing the US president.
It was the first time that Kim has personally criticised Washington's military action, and the message - published by North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA - came on the same day as US Vice President Mike Pence's statement warning Pyongyang against putting to test the US resolve as made evident in recent bombings in Syria and Afghanistan, Efe news reported.
On April 15, North Korea reportedly test-launched a missile but the experiment failed.
Likewise, after North Korea's fourth nuclear test on January 4, 2016, Washington deployed its B-52 Stratofortress bomber and F-22 Raptors.
North Korea has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions and has said it has developed a missile that can strike the U.S. mainland. It also deployed its nuclear-powered Carl Vinson Strike Group, which had been en route to Australia, toward the Korean Peninsula.
Some Russia media officials protested President Trump's move to give his daughter, Ivanka, a position in the White House.