Shanahan's remarks contradict Trump's comments but side with U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, who has also called the missile launches violations of United Nations resolutions.
"I think the entire North Korean WMD program, it's in conflict with the UN Security (Council) resolutions", Ortagus told reporters.
It aimed fresh attacks at John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accusing them and other high-ranking USA officials of having "insulted the dignity of our supreme leadership and spitted out abusive language" by calling North Korea a "rogue regime".
"My people think it could have been a violation", Trump said.
Harry Kazianis, the senior director of Korean studies at the Center for the National Interest, agreed there is "no doubt whatsoever that North Korea violated UN Security Council resolutions when it tested short-range missiles recently".
Moreover, Ortagus has said the department was yet to publicly share its assessment on whether North Korean launches had involved any ballistic missiles test.
"I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse", Trump added, commenting on a separate North Korean state media commentary that criticized statements made by U.S. Democratic presidential contender and former Vice President Joe Biden about Kim Jong Un. There's been no wavering on that, right?
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Ju, who defected to the South in 2011, said she also made a living by selling banned South Korean and U.S. products in the underground economy. "Yes", Shanahan added, noting that the Department of Defense's job is to enforce sanctions and "be ready in the situation that diplomacy fails". So sanctions enforcement and readiness.
The United Nations Human Rights Office called for a drastic reform in North Korea where failure of the centralized economic planning has pushed its people to seek their livelihoods in a precarious parallel economy.
As for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - who echoes Trump in saying that a denuclearization deal with Pyongyang is still possible after the missile launches - his role of sending diplomatic messages on behalf of the Department of State would have an influence, Hong explained.
The human rights report that includes descriptions of a "vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption and repression" in North Korea includes testimonies from defectors who say serious crimes are dismissed for suspects with sufficient capital.
"Shanahan and Bolton are speaking as the leaders (of their respective departments) and are acknowledging the missile launches as they are".
Experts question whether the Trump administration's offer of a prosperous future in exchange for North Korea denuclearizing will really result in Kim giving his people more socioeconomic freedoms. Combined with the seizure of a North Korean tanker suspected of violating worldwide sanctions on the secretive state, these developments have undermined improving relations between the two historic adversaries.
North Koreans are forced to pay bribes to officials to survive in their isolated country where corruption is "endemic" and repression rife, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday in a report that Pyongyang dismissed as politically motivated.