North Korea continues rocket tests – Trump reacts with humor
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The US and South Korea last held a military maneuver. North Korea responded with missile tests. But even after the end of the exercise, the country fires rockets. Trump commented humorously on North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un.
UJust before the start of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on various crises and conflicts in the world, North Korea has again tested missiles. The military of the internationally isolated country fired two rockets from the eastern city of Sondok on Saturday morning (local time), the General Staff of the South Korean armed forces said.
The rockets had flown about 380 kilometers towards the open sea. It was probably again about two ballistic short-range missiles – and thus the seventh test of this kind since the end of July.
North Korea, which has been testing nuclear bombs for several times, is banned by UN resolutions. Such rockets are typically ground-to-surface missiles that can carry a conventional, chemical, biological or nuclear warhead.
Already in the weeks before North Korea had taken a military maneuver of the US with South Korea as an occasion for several missile tests. Seoul each evaluated the tests of the isolated neighboring country as a “demonstration of power”, which should show the displeasure of Pyongyang about the maneuvers in South Korea. However, the US and South Korea have finished the exercises earlier this week.
So far, Trump expressed restrained
US President Donald Trump has been reluctant to comment on the North Korean missile tests. He claims that North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un, with whom he has met three times since June 2018, wants to resume negotiations to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
Also on the recent provocation from Pyongyang Trump reacted calmly. Shortly before his departure for the G7 summit in France, the US president made an effort on Saturday night in Washington to downplay the importance of the missile test. “He likes to test rockets,” Trump said, looking at Kim. Other states would do the same. The US itself would have carried out a rocket test just a few days ago.
The US fired a cruise missile off the Californian island of San Nicolas last weekend. According to the Pentagon, he achieved his goal precisely after more than 500 kilometers of flight. The test would have been banned after the important INF disarmament agreement with Russia. However, the agreement has not been in force since the beginning of August.
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