U.S. President Donald Trump and his national security adviser are publicly at odds about the seriousness of the threat currently posed by North Korea.
In a Sunday morning tweet from Tokyo, Trump issued a retort to John Bolton who the previous day here had told reporters that there was “no doubt” North Korea’s recent test firing of short-range ballistic missiles violated a United Nations resolution.
Bolton’s remark was the first by a U.S. official describing the North Korean launches as a violation of U.N. resolutions.
“North Korea fired off some small weapons which disturbed some of my people and others, but not me,” said Trump in his tweet.
Some analysts say the missile launches are indeed a concern.
“It’s pretty clear the missile launch was a violation of U.N. sanctions, whatever the range. The reality is that U.S. forces and civilians in South Korea and Japan are already in range of North Koreans missiles, so accepting shorter or mid-range missiles puts the United States at risk, not to mention our allies Japan and the Republic of Korea,” Kevin Maher, a Washington security consultant and a former head of the State Department’s Office of Japan Affairs, told VOA.
The U.S. president also expressed confidence the North Korean leader “will keep his promise to me” in moving toward denuclearization.