Trump in Japan: Breaks with PM Abe on North Korean missile tests, says he is NOT “bothered”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • President Donald Trump says Monday that he isn’t bothered about North Korea’s short-range missile tests and that action is not in violation of the United Nations Security Council rules.
  • Trump’s comments were made in Japan during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like the U.S. president’s advisers, is in disagreement with him regarding the missile tests.
  • Abe told reporters that the tests were “violating the Security Council resolution,” adding he feels threatened by the missile tests due to its close proximity to North Korea.


President Donald Trump and First Lady MelaniaTrump are currently in Japan for a four-day state visit. On Monday, at a news conference in the country, Trump told reporters that he is not concerned by North Korean missile testing.

When asked whether the U.S. president was “bothered” by North Korea’s missile tests, Trump answered, “No, I’m not. I am personally not.”

“All I know is that there have been no nuclear tests,” Trump continued. “There have been no ballistic missiles going out. There have been no long-range missiles going out. And I think that someday we’ll have a deal,” according to a White House transcript of the president’s remarks. He also added he was in “no rush.”

Trump even described North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “very smart man” and noted the nation’s missile tests were meant to “get attention.”

Meanwhile, Japan’s prime minister has a different stance from the U.S. president, telling the press that the missile tests were “of great regret.”

“This is violating the Security Council resolution,” Abe told reporters. “It is of great regret. But at the same time between Kim Jong Un and President Trump a certain new approach was taken and that is something that I pay tribute to.”

Japan’s Abe also said that the country feels threatened by the tests considering its close proximity to North Korea.

While in Japan, President Trump tweeted about the North Korean missile testing that occurred earlier this month, saying that he has “confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me.”

Bloomberg News reported that Japan’s prime minister has previously called for better enforcement for U.N. resolutions regarding North Korean missile testing.

Earlier this month, Pyongyang fired short-range missiles from its east coast, the South Korean military said.

 

Source: The HILL

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