Trump says he’s not bothered by short-range NK missile tests

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President Donald Trump walks to the North Korean side of the border with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in North Korea. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s not bothered by North Korea’s decision to fire two short-range missiles this week that rattled its Asian neighbors.

When a reporter asked him about the missile tests, Trump said Friday that “short-range” was the most important word. He says North Korea fired “standard” missiles many countries possess. They were the first weapons North Korea has launched in more than two months.

The missile tests come as U.S. and North Korean officials struggle to set up nuclear weapons talks after a recent meeting on the Korean border between Kim and Trump that seemed to provide a step forward in stalled negotiations.

Trump says his relationship with Kim remains good and that the missile tests were not a warning to the United States.

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