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France's Macron urges U.S., North Korea to continue efforts towards a summit

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference after the talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said he hoped the United States and North Korea would continue working towards denuclearising the Korean peninsula after U.S. President Donald Trump called off a planned summit.

Speaking in a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, Macron said he hoped Trump’s move “was just a glitch in a process that should be continued”.

Putin said Moscow regretted the cancellation of the summit between the United States and North Korea, scheduled for next month. He said he hoped it would take place nonetheless.

Earlier on Thursday U.S. President Donald Trump called off the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accusing Pyongyang of “open hostility.”

Putin also told the news conference that Russia appreciated efforts by Europe to save the Iran nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States and warned of “lamentable consequences” if it was not preserved.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Angus MacSwan