Donald Trump Remains Discreet About Failed North Korean Missile Launch

Trump has been leaning on China to put pressure on North Korea, but has also threatened to take on the country alone if necessary.

Donald Trump Remains Low-Key About Failed North Korean Missile Launch

The Trump administration took a low-key approach to this weekend’s failed missile test in North Korea, and continued to express the hope that China would rein in its nuclear-armed neighbor.

President Donald Trump was irrelatively quiet about the failed launch of a North Korean missile from the country’s east coast. In a statement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Trump and his military team “are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment.”

Washington’s initial response has been to say little. There were no tweets from US President Donald Trump in the hours after the missile launch, though it is known he was in contact with US Vice-President Mike Pence aboard Air Force 2.

Hours after another failed missile launch in North Korea, Trump himself took to Twitter to suggest that China is helping with the North Korea problem as part of a deal with the U.S. involving trade policy.

 

Tweeting within two weeks of a missile strike in Syria and a massive bomb attack against a terrorist stronghold in Afghanistan, Trump also tweeted about a U.S. Pentagon build-up:

 

North Korea attempted a missile launch early Sunday local time but it failed “almost immediately” according to U.S. and South Korean military officials.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says that North Korea has attempted to launch a missile from an eastern coastal city, but the launch appeared to end in failure.

Just as the Trump administration attempts to recruit China’s help in dealing with North Korea, McMaster also addressed US-Russian relations and their impact on the US policy toward Syria’s years-long civil war.

“There’s nowhere to go but up” in relations with Russia, McMaster said. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit last week to Russia had highlighted the relationship as being at an all-time low.

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