Trump Says North Korea Missile Tests Not a Breach of Trust

Says testing is 'very standard stuff'

In an interview on the recent North Korean missile tests, President Trump downplayed them as “very standard stuff,” saying he doesn’t consider tests of short range missiles a “breach of trust at all.”

At the same time, Trump said that “at some point” he might change his find and decide it is a breach of trust, but not at this point. US officials have indicated that they remain open to talks with North Korea.

North Korea launched two different series of tests over the past week. South Korea says they believe they amounted to a “protest” to the failed Hanoi Summit, while North Korea’s state media said Kim ordered defensive squadrons in the area to bolster their strike capabilities.

Negotiations have been effectively on hold since the Hanoi summit failed, and no future talks have been scheduled yet. Last week, President Trump said he didn’t believe North Korea is really “ready” to negotiate.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.