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Recent North Korea missile test not particularly provocative: U.S. general

FILE PHOTO: Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies before a U.S. House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 budget request on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Voisard./File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general said on Tuesday that North Korea’s recent test of short-range missiles was not particularly provocative or threatening to the United States.

“I don’t think it is particularly provocative or threatening to us as to what happened, it may be tied to some celebrations that are happening inside North Korea as opposed to any deliberate provocation against us,” Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon. He added that the assessment was mixed right now but the missiles were not particularly big.

North Korea launched multiple short-range anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea and Sukhoi jets fired air-to-surface missiles on Tuesday as part of its ongoing military exercises, South Korea’s military said.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler