Acting US secretary of defence contradicts Trump over North Korean missile test

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Last weekend John Bolton, Mr Trump’s hawkish national security adviser, said that there was “no doubt” that Pyongyang had violated UN resolutions. 

His view was supported by Prime Minister Abe who, despite a general show of unity on North Korea with President Trump, on Monday denounced the launches as “very regrettable.”

Meanwhile South Korea, whose President Moon Jae-in appears to share Mr Trump’s desire to de-escalate tensions with North Korea and reignite stalled negotiations over its nuclear weapons and missiles programmes, has refrained from labelling the tests as a breach of UN agreements. 



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