US anticipated Pyongyang’s latest missile test: “We had good intelligence before the launch”

After Pyongyang’s failed ballistic missile test early this morning, a White House aide said that the test did not come as a surprise to Washington. “We had good intelligence before the launch,” he said.
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After Pyongyang carried out a missile trial that failed on Sunday morning, South Korea condemned the test and warned: “The military parade yesterday and the missile launch today are a show of force that threatens the stability of the world.”

While the White House has not yet released a statement about North Korea’s latest act of aggression, one of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s aides said that Washington was not surprised by Pyongyang’s test. “We had good intelligence before the launch and good intelligence after the launch,” he said. “We don't need to expend any resources against that…We weren't surprised by it, we were anticipating it.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a statement confirming that U.S. President Donald Trump was updated about the failed missile test: “The President and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The President has no further comment.”

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