Trump has ‘no problem’ with latest North Korean missile tests

Washington, August 2

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he had “no problem” with North Korea’s recent ballistic missile tests amid an outcry from Washington’s allies and growing fears that Pyongyang is developing long-range weapons.

The North has conducted three tests over the past week, drawing condemnation from European members of the UN Security Council but a comparatively sanguine response from Trump, who has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times as part of denuclearisation talks.

“I have no problem, we’ll see what happens but short range (missiles) are very standard,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a rally in Ohio.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday that Pyongyang had launched two unspecified short-range projectiles, a day after testing two short-range ballistic missiles that travelled 155 miles (250 kilometres) before coming down in the sea.

Similar to the Wednesday launch, the latest test took place from the North’s east coast in the pre-dawn hours, Yonhap said, citing Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. AFP