North Korea: New missile an ‘answer’ to Trump’s policies

North Korea: New missile an ‘answer’ to Trump’s policies
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North Korea says it is prepared to deploy a new medium-range missile as part of an "answer" to President Trump's policies.

The nation says it's set to start mass-producing its new missile, which can reach Japan and major U.S. military bases, The Associated Press reported Monday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly "approved the deployment of this weapon system for action" and said it should "be rapidly mass-produced."

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“The Trump administration would be well advised to lend an ear to the voices of concern that are heard from the U.S. and the international community,” the North’s Minju Joson newspaper said in a commentary Sunday.

“Many more ‘Juche [domestically made] weapons’ capable of striking the U.S. will be launched from this land. This is the [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] answer to the Trump administration.”

On Sunday, North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile just hours before President Trump delivered a major speech in Saudi Arabia.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in an interview Sunday said the testing is "disappointing" and "disturbing."

A top North Korean official said Friday that Pyongyang will not engage in joint talks until the United States rolls back its "hostile policy."

"The rolling back of the hostile policy towards DPRK is the prerequisite for solving all the problems in the Korean Peninsula," North Korea Deputy United Nations Ambassador Kim In Ryong said, according to Reuters.

"Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the U.S. hostile policy towards DPRK, the root cause of all problems,” he added.