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Trump says North Korea does not violate any agreement with its ballistic trials, but Abe denies it

August 25, 2019

BIARRITZ (FRANCE), Aug 25 (Reuters / EP) –

The US president, Donald Trump, has declared himself “unhappy” with the latest test with ballistic missiles from North Korea, but has stressed that he does not violate any treaty. Instead, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has denounced that it is a violation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Trump has highlighted on many occasions his good attunement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and has now downplayed the importance of this missile launch on Saturday. Kim himself has witnessed the trial and highlighted the use of a new large capacity missile launcher platform.

“I am not happy with that, but, again, it is not violating any agreement,” Trump said in statements to the press in a joint appearance with Abe in Biarritz, France, where both participate in the G7 summit.

In addition, Trump recalled that Kim wrote “a very nice letter” last week. “I think in the end he will do the right thing. We'll see. Maybe not. He can. But I think he will do the right thing,” he added.

The launch of short-range missiles this Saturday is the seventh test conducted since Trump and Kim met in June at the border between the two Koreas. These trials make it difficult to resume contacts between US and North Korean negotiators on the North Korean nuclear and ballistic program.

Earlier, during his meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Trump has referred to the free trade agreement negotiated by the United States and Japan and stressed that both sides are “very close” to the agreement after five months of work.

In addition, before his meeting with Abe has pointed out that it could be known if there is agreement after the appointment, a fact that has not occurred for the moment. “It is a very important agreement if it is achieved,” he said.

“We may know after this bilateral meeting,” said the US president.