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James Kitfield is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
North Korea launched “two short-range missiles” early Thursday morning, conducting its second weapons test in less than a week, South Korea’s military said.
The missiles, which had a range of approximately 420 kilometers and 270 kilometers, were fired at 4:29 p.m. and 4:49 p.m. local time, a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
“The US and South Korean intelligence authority is conducting analysis for additional information,” the JCS said. “Our military has currently heightened its surveillance and alertness against possible additional launches, whilst maintaining combat readiness in close coordination with the US.
The missiles had an altitude of about 50 kilometers and landed in the Sea of Japan, according to South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense.
The two recent launches were the first the North has ventured since November 2017. They have further complicated denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea, after President Trump’s February summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was cut short when negotiations reached a stalemate.
The North’s tests have also strained relations with South Korea, with whom they agreed a year ago at a highly anticipated summit to “make joint efforts to alleviate the acute military tension and practically eliminate the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula.”
North Korea’s missile tests tapered off after the initial summit between Trump and Kim in June of last year, the first between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader, but have become more frequent as the U.S. has rejected the regime’s demands, including the removal of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a complete lifting of U.S. sanctions on the country.
Trump team defends president on Twitter after supporter shouts ‘shoot’ migrants at border
The Trump campaign worked into the night on Wednesday trying to clean up the president’s reaction to a supporter who shouted immigrants crossing into the U.S. should be shot.President Donald Trump was on a riff about border control agents working to prevent migrants from crossing the border while speaking at his Wednesday night rally in Panama City Beach, Fla.PHOTO: President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater, May 8, 2019, in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Evan Vucci/AP “You have hundreds and hundreds of people and you have two or three border security people that are brave and great — And don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons. We can’t. Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that. But how do you stop these people?” the president said.(MORE: At rally, Trump announces $448M in disaster relief for hurricane-ravaged Florida Panhandle)As the president posed that question — a rally attendee in the crowd shouted: “shoot them.”Rachel Scott@rachelvscott“They screamed shoot em’ … They were referring to the immigrants.”
One Trump supporter tells me she heard someone in the crowd shout “shoot em’”.
She added, the President responded directly after: “only in the panhandle” https://twitter.com/wsteaks/status/1126293167073050626 … Will Steakin@wsteaks Trump asks Florida rally crowd: „How do you stop these people” from crossing the border?”Shoot them!” a rally attendee shouts out.Trump: „That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff. Only in the panhandle.”Twitter Ads info and privacy4,082 people are talking about thisThe president paused and instead of condemning the remark he said: “That’s only in the panhandle, can you get away with that statement.”The crowd erupted in cheers and laughter — after another brief pause, Trump repeated: “Only in the panhandle.”PHOTO: Rally attendees wait for the arrival of President Donald Trump during a Make America Great Again rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater in Panama City Beach, Fla., May 8, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Will Steakin@wsteaks Trump asks Florida rally crowd: „How do you stop these people” from crossing the border?”Shoot them!” a rally attendee shouts out.Trump: „That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff. Only in the panhandle.”In the aftermath of the president’s response to the rally attendee’s inflammatory outburst, the Trump campaign has worked to turn the conversation on Twitter and shift the focus to the president’s statement denouncing the use of weapons by border agents.(MORE: President Trump announces former Obama-era border chief Mark Morgan will lead ICE)The campaign’s Deputy Director of Communication and Rapid Response Matt Wolking replied to a number of Twitter users discussing the incident, sending a transcript that excludes part of the president’s reaction to the outburst. He tweeted that Trump said he „would never let” border security use weapons like „other countries do.”