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Esper says U.S. is concerned about N.K. missile tests

All Headlines 03:14 August 29, 2019

By Lee Haye-ah

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) -- The United States is concerned about North Korea's recent short-range ballistic missile tests but will not "overreact" in the interest of renewing denuclearization talks, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon, Esper said the U.S. believes that the best way to achieve North Korea's denuclearization is through a political agreement.

"We are concerned about the short-range ballistic missile tests," he said, referring to the string of launches since late July. "We're not going to overreact. We want to take a measured response and make sure we don't close the door to diplomacy."

U.S. President Donald Trump has dismissed the tests as unimportant, saying they do not violate an agreement by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to refrain from long-range missile or nuclear tests.

This EPA file photo shows U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. (Yonhap)

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