Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the response to North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile launch during a meeting Friday but said the Russians "see it a little differently than we do."
"The Russians see it a little differently than we do, so we're going to continue those discussions and ask them to do more," Tillerson told reporters in a briefing after the meeting. "Russia does have economic activity with North Korea."
Trump and Putin met for more than two hours — the meeting was expected to last 30 minutes — on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday. The meeting was highly anticipated given Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, an issue the president raised to Putin, Tillerson said.
The G-20 summit was expected to focus on issues including terrorism and climate change but the issue of how to deal with North Korea became a flashpoint following the missile launch, which the U.S. confirmed Tuesday.
Tillerson was one of four officials who joined Trump and Putin in the meeting and said Russia and the United States have the same "official policy," which is a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
"There's a difference in terms of views on tactics and pace," Tillerson said. "We will continue to work with them to try to persuade them on the urgency we see."
During a meeting Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump and the two leaders agreed to increase pressure on North Korea and said they would push for additional sanctions on the rogue regime.