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North Korea Tests Missiles, Skips Meeting in Warning to Trump

  • Regime fires second round of ballistic missiles in six days
  • Pompeo acknowledges little chance of talks as he heads to Asia

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North Korea greeted U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s latest trip to Asia with twin signals of frustration: test-firing missiles and withholding top diplomats from a chance at nuclear talks.

Kim Jong Un’s regime fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea early Wednesday, the South Korean military said, the second such test in less than a week. The launches came just hours ahead of Pompeo’s arrival in Bangkok for a regional summit, a stop that the top U.S. diplomat acknowledged wouldn’t include an anticipated meeting with the North Koreans.