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North Korea defies Trump again with latest military experiment

Kim Jong Un has some explaining to do.

The dainty despot of the DPRK is at it again, just hours after President Trump spoke highly of a letter sent to him by Kim Jong Un himself.

North Korea and the United States have been in prolonged talks over the former’s nuclear weapons program, and their continued aggression toward their Asiatic neighbors.  To further muddy the waters, North Korea has been caught on several occasions skirting international sanctions placed on them for the aforementioned, forbidden nuclear trajectory – no pun intended.

But just as things started looking up for the relationship between the US and the DPRK, Kim Jong Un had to go and do something like this.

South Korea’s military said North Korea launched two projectiles from its eastern coast early Saturday (local time), reports Reuters.

Why it matters: This is only the latest in a series of missiles and rockets fired since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump agreed to restart denuclearization negotiations at a June 30 meeting. Trump said he received a “very beautiful letter” from Kim hours before Saturday’s launch, ABC News reports.

Catch up quick:

  • North Korea reportedly test-fired “a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance the country’s ability to strike targets in South Korea“ on Aug. 2 (EST), the AP reports.

  • North Korea launched at least one short-range projectile into the Sea of Japan Aug. 1, according to a U.S. official’s statement to ABC.

  • Two days before, North Korea fired 2 short-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coast, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As of this writing there has been no official response from the White House or State Department.

President Trump just weeks ago became the first sitting American president to step foot inside North Korea, after a handshake and an invitation from Kim Jong Un while both were meeting in the DMZ.

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