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U.S. Risks Emboldening Kim With Muted Response to Missile Test

  • Trump keeps diplomacy alive by playing down weapons threat
  • More tests expected as North Korea pushes for sanctions relief
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North Korea May Have Tested a Ballistic Missile
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Kim Jong Un’s weekend missile launch -- and the U.S.’s muted reaction -- heralds a new, riskier phase in North Korean efforts to test President Donald Trump’s limits in stalled nuclear talks.

On Saturday, Kim oversaw a military exercise that non-proliferation experts said included the launch of a short-range ballistic missile -- a test banned under United Nations sanctions and North Korea’s first such provocation since November 2017. Rather than condemn the move, U.S. and South Korean officials played down the threat, with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo noting the weapons “were relatively short range.”