Saturday, President Donald brushed off noise of a possible weapons test by NKorea, vowing that leader Kim Jong Un “will do nothing to interfere” and that a denuclearization deal with the US “will happen.”
The Tweet, posted while President Trump was in route to the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, was the President’s 1st response to news overnight that Pyongyang fired numerous short-range ‘projectiles’ into the water off its Eastern coast Saturday, according to SKorean officials.
The move was seen by some as Chairman Kim’s as a signal of frustration over talks with President Trump following the Summit in Vietnam last February.
The significance of the test was difficult to assess as SKorea revised downward its account of the nature and scale of the weapons discharged from the eastern port of Wonsan just after 9:00a Saturday local time.
After 1st calling them “missiles,” SKorea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff later changed its description to “projectiles,” admitting that greater clarity would require more analysis.
The details are Key since President Trump cited Chairman Kim’s self-imposed freeze on missile and nuclear weapons tests to support his decision to continue negotiations with the NKorean leader.
SKorea’s descriptions of the incident suggested shorter-range rockets or artillery that would be less likely for the US to interpret as a violation of Chairman Kim’s pledge to refrain from testing.
SKorean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed Saturday’s incident with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo by phone, the Ministry said in a statement.
“We are aware of NKorea’s actions tonight. We will continue to monitor as necessary,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
National Security Adviser John Bolton briefed the President about the launch, according to a senior administration official.
Hence, President Trump’s Tweet, indicating he has tuned out the Noise.
Have a terrific weekend.