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Trump on North Korean projectile launches: Kim 'likes testing missiles'

Trump on North Korean projectile launches: Kim 'likes testing missiles'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE on Friday said he does not believe North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnExclusive: GOP senators seek FBI investigation into Biden Pentagon nominee On North Korea, Biden should borrow from Trump's Singapore declaration North Korea drops out of Tokyo Olympics MORE violated any pact with him by launching another round of projectiles.

"He likes testing missiles," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for the Group of Seven economic summit in France.

"Kim Jong Un has been, you know, pretty straight with me, I think," Trump added. "And we're going to see what's going on."

Trump downplayed the ongoing tests, saying the two never agreed to limit "short-ranged missiles."

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North Korea hours earlier fired two more unidentified projectiles into the East Sea, according to South Korean news agencies. White House officials said they were aware of the situation.

North Korea has launched test missiles on a consistent basis in recent weeks, alarming U.S. allies in the region. International officials and some of Trump's advisers have said the tests are a violation of a United Nations resolution.

But Trump has signaled that he is unbothered by the projectiles, pointing to his personal relationship with Kim.

The president said earlier this month that he'd received a “beautiful” letter from Kim, adding that he expected the two men could meet again to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump and Kim have held three face-to-face meetings that have yet to yield a concrete plan for North Korea to denuclearize.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines Parade of 2024 GOP hopefuls court House conservatives Pompeo violated ethics rules, State Dept. watchdog finds MORE acknowledged in an interview this week that he wished North Korea would not carry out test launches, adding that he hoped the two sides would have resumed denuclearization talks more quickly.