DSP - Iran and North Korea Do Missile Tests

Both North Korea and Iran have tested some missiles earlier this week.

So, what does this mean?

Let's first, talk about Iran.

According to Reuters, Iran claims that their "medium-range ballistic missile" tests were done for defensive purposes only.

Iranian news agencies said this:

"An informed source at the armed forces staff said Iran's missile tests are natural within its defensive needs. This missile capacity is not against any country, and only aims to respond to possible aggression."

They went on to quote a source from the military which said:

"Iran does not need the permission of any power in the world for its self-defense."

This of course comes during rising tensions between the United States and Iran after the Trump administration pulled out of the nuclear deal.

Now, let's move on to North Korea.

CNN reports that Pyongyang tested two short-range missiles. The first one went 265 miles and the second one went 428 miles.

South Korea, quite obviously, not happy.

Choi Hyun-soo, the South Korean ministry spokesman said this:

"The government has been closely monitoring the relevant trends and is urging Pyongyang to suspend such activities that are not helpful for efforts to ease military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Going forward, the (South Korean) government will strengthen its monitoring in cooperation and close communication with the US."

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump does not seem to take the tests as that big of a deal.

Politico reports that he had this to say:

"Well you said it -- they're short-range missiles and my relationship is very good with Chairman Kim, and we'll see what happens. They're short range missiles, and many people have those missiles."

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