Washington, Aug 2 : North Korea's latest short-range missile tests are not a violation of the signed Singapore agreement, US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Friday, referring to the deal he concluded with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June 2018."Kim Jong Un and North Korea tested three short range missiles over the last number of days," Trump said via Twitter. "These missiles tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands."
Trump emphasised he trusts Kim will do the right thing because otherwise, there is too much to lose. Trump added that the United States alone under his leadership can help Kim achieve his "beautiful vision for his country." Earlier on Friday, South Korean media reported, citing the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the military had detected the launches off North Korea’s eastern coast into the Sea of Japan at 5.59 pm and at 6.23pm .
Notably, Japan has refrained from stating that the projectiles launched by North Korea were ballistic missiles. North Korea’s launches on Friday are the third weapons test the country undertook since last Thursday when it fired two projectiles that appeared to be short-range missiles.On Wednesday, North Korea conducted a test of what the country’s media called a new multiple guided rocket launcher. UNI