Trump says North Korea's recent missile launches not breach of trust
May 12 2019
According to South Korea's JCS one missile flew 270 kilometers and the other 420 kilometers. It said it is working with the United States to determine more details, such as the types of weapons that were fired.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he does not consider North Korea's recent launch of short-range ballistic missiles "a breach of trust".
"If that's the North Korean calculation, it is highly likely that there will be more short-range missile tests", he added.
The latest launches were the country's first since November 2017, when North Korea last tested a ballistic missile.
In related development, US President Donald Trump said US authorities were looking "very seriously" at the launch of the "short-range missiles".
Offering food assistance is one of the few options that Seoul can exercise to persuade Pyongyang, as other forms of economic support or cooperation are restricted by worldwide sanctions imposed on North Korea.
A file shot provided by the North Korea government shows a test of weapon systems. "I believe they will keep escalating by using what appear to be short-range missiles, something that will not cause the USA to react right away". "But at this point no", he said in an interview with Politico.
"The latest provocation sends a clear message that they will not come to the negotiating table unless the United States changes its attitude toward denuclearization talks", said Kim Dong-yub, a professor at Kyungnam University's Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul.
"We'll push for sending food to North Korean citizens in cooperation with the worldwide community", said Lee Sang-min, spokesman for the Ministry of Unification on North Korean affairs.
Kim's father, Kim Jong II, was also a basketball fan and in 2000 requested the USA send Jordan to North Korea - the NBA player declined. -North Korea standoff could end in war - it may signal that North Korea is turning away from diplomacy.
On Wednesday, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said Washington would not "intervene", if Seoul "moves forward on that front".
North Korea wants widespread sanctions relief in return for disarmament steps that the United States has apparently seen as insufficient.
Sanctions against the North over its nuclear and missiles programmes remain in place.
While Saturday's missile was sacked from a transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicle with wheels, Thursday's test featured a tracked vehicle.
On Saturday, Pyongyang launched at least one short-range ballistic missile, saying Saturday's tests were "regular and self-defensive" and rejecting the notion that they were provocative.
It was the North's second weapons launch in the last five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks with the USA could be in danger. "Regarding the issue, we have a common understanding with the United States", the Foreign Ministry's deputy spokesperson Kim Deuk-hwan said during a press briefing Thursday. The ship also delivered heavy machinery back to North Korea.
Experts have estimated the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal at anywhere between 20 and 60 warheads.
"While we did not reach an agreement with the DPRK [North Korea] at Hanoi, we exchanged detailed positions and narrowed the gap on a number of issues", a State Department official told ABC News in a statement and declined to comment on ongoing conversations.