President Moon says North Korea's missile launch was a protest after failed Trump summit

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President Moon says North Korea's missile launch was a protest after failed Trump summit



South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday (May 9) that North Korea's latest missile launch was probably a subdued protest against the United States after a failed summit of the two countries' leaders in Hanoi in February.


North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Thursday, according to South Korea's military, days after its leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of multiple rockets and a missile.

"North Korea seemed to be discontented it could not reach a deal in Hanoi," Moon said in an interview with South Korean broadcaster KBS.

Moon, who has strongly advocated engagement with North Korea, said that even if the missiles were short-range, they could still violate U.N. resolutions barring North Korea from developing ballistic missiles. (Reuters)

President Moon Jae-in during a special interview with KBS at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, on May 9, 2019. Photo by Presidential Photo Office


President Moon Jae-in during a special interview with KBS at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, on May 9, 2019. Photo by Presidential Photo Office


President Moon Jae-in during a special interview with KBS at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, on May 9, 2019. Photo by Presidential Photo Office


President Moon Jae-in during a special interview with KBS at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, on May 9, 2019. Photo by Presidential Photo Office


South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday (May 9) that North Korea's latest missile launch was probably a subdued protest against the United States after a failed summit of the two countries' leaders in Hanoi in February.


North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Thursday, according to South Korea's military, days after its leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of multiple rockets and a missile.

"North Korea seemed to be discontented it could not reach a deal in Hanoi," Moon said in an interview with South Korean broadcaster KBS.

Moon, who has strongly advocated engagement with North Korea, said that even if the missiles were short-range, they could still violate U.N. resolutions barring North Korea from developing ballistic missiles. (Reuters)

President Moon Jae-in during a special interview with KBS at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, on May 9, 2019. Photo by Presidential Photo Office


President Moon Jae-in during a special interview with KBS at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, on May 9, 2019. Photo by Presidential Photo Office


President Moon Jae-in during a special interview with KBS at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, on May 9, 2019. Photo by Presidential Photo Office


President Moon Jae-in during a special interview with KBS at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, on May 9, 2019. Photo by Presidential Photo Office
Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr


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