President Trump has indicated that North Korea's recent missile launch could be perceived as a slight against China.
On Friday afternoon, he tweeted, "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!"
North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2017
CNN is reporting that, despite warnings from the U.S. and other foreign powers, the Asian nation tested a suspected medium-range ballistic missile which seems to have failed.
North Korea unveils new weapons at military parade:
The missile is believed to have blown up soon after it was launched and does not appear to have left the country's borders, notes the BBC.
However, military analyst John Kirby told CNN that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un "learns from every single attempt, and he gets knowledge, and he gets intel. And he takes those lessons learned and just churns them right over into the next one."
As one of North Korea's top trading partners, China is viewed as a key influencing factor in convincing the country to stop developing and testing such weapons.
Fox News notes that while China has expressed its support of reduced tensions in the region, officials there have attempted to disavow themselves as a solution to the growing North Korea problem; they have also stopped short of announcing any repercussions for these military exercises.
Satellite images of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea: