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 John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE on Friday said he does not believe North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Ex-Ukraine ambassador offers dramatic day of testimony | Talks of 'crisis' at State Department | Trump tweets criticism of envoy during hearing | Dems warn against 'witness intimidation' | Trump defends his 'freedom of speech' Biden responds to North Korea: 'I wear their insults as a badge of honor' Erdoğan should receive the wrath of the US, not its embrace 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFive takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong Ousted ambassador describes State Department in 'crisis' in dramatic impeachment testimony 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.