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 TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE on Friday said he does not believe North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnKim invited Trump to visit North Korea amid stalled nuclear talks: report Trump to have dinner with Otto Warmbier's parents: report Ted Lieu congratulates first Asian American cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' 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 PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Pence says US is 'locked and loaded' to defend allies US-Iran next moves — Déjà vu of Obama administration mistakes? 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.