North Korea's Missile Tests a "Warning": How Should Trump Respond?

Audrey Conklin

Audrey Conklin

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North Korea's Missile Tests a "Warning": How Should Trump Respond?

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday that the country’s ballistic missile test Tuesday was a “warning” to both South Korea and the United States.

Kim said the test was “an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military drill now underway by the U.S. and South Korean authorities,” Reutersreported, citing the state-operated Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Kim’s comments came a day after North Korea launched two missiles from the western airfield across the country to an area near Pyongyang and “precisely hit” an eastern island target, KCNA reported.

The news agency added that the tests “clearly verified the reliability, security and actual war capacity” of the country’s missiles.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that the United States will not overreact to North Korea’s missile tests, according to Reuters.

The launch was the fourth test in just 13 days beginning on July 25.

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