- "I'm not happy about it, but then again he's not in violation of any agreement," Trump stated.
- The agreement between Trump and Kim ostensibly prohibits the firing of long-range ballistic missiles.
- “Our position is very clear, the launch of the short-range ballistic missiles by North Korea clearly violates the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Japanese PM said.
At the G7 Summit in Biarritz, US President Donald Trump said he was dissatisfied with North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test conducted on Saturday. However, he stated that the missile test had not broken any agreements.
“I’m not happy about it, but then again he’s not in violation of any agreement,” Trump stated in reference to an earlier agreement between the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and himself. The agreement reached between the two leaders ostensibly prohibits the firing of long-range ballistic missiles. Donald Trump said so while answering journalists’ questions on the sidelines of the just concluded G7 Summit that was held in France.
“I discussed long-range ballistic and that he cannot do and he hasn’t been doing it and he hasn’t been doing nuclear testing. He has done short-range, much more standard missiles, a lot of people are testing those missiles, not just him. We are in the world of missiles folks, whether you like it or not,” Trump added. However, a section of the international media reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is of a different opinion. Abe stated that Pyongyang’s Saturday rocket tests were contrary to UN resolutions, and wants Kim Jong Un restricted from such tests in the future. “Our position is very clear, the launch of the short-range ballistic missiles by North Korea clearly violates the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Abe said.
Test of the “super-large multi-purpose rocket launcher”
On Saturday morning, North Korea carried out another rocket test, the seventh since the end of July. The South Korean army reported that Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles that flew about 400 km and fell into the Sea of Japan. Pyongyang emphasizes that the latest tests are a reaction to what it terms as the “joint military maneuvers by US and South Korean troops.” According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency, Saturday’s test of the “super-large multi-purpose rocket launcher” was personally supervised by the Kim Jong Un. It is also a protest and a warning signal to Seoul and Washington’s annual joint military drills that it sees as a rehearsal for an attack, KCNA said.
Trump said again on Sunday that he would “probably meet again” with Kim Jong Un, and was also in talks with Prime Minister Abe. At the end of the Biarritz summit, Trump also told reporters he was working on a new trade agreement with Japan. “This is a big deal with Japan, it is possible that by the end of this meeting, it will be known if it will be settled,” said Trump. Earlier that day, he said both countries were “very close” to a major trade agreement, which they had been working on for five months. Abe said he counted on productive conversations.
Fighting inequality was the Summit’s central theme
The Biarritz summit began on Saturday and ended on Monday. The leaders of the USA, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada, as well as the EU, took part in it. The leaders talked about economic, foreign policy, and environmental challenges, and the Summit’s theme was combating inequality.