April 6, 2017 / 4:34 AM / 4 months ago

U.S. Navy Pacific commander says steps against North Korea haven't had desired results

FILE PHOTO: Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift sits in front of a large poster of an Australian Navy frigate as he speaks during a media conference at the 2015 Pacific International Maratime Exposition in Sydney, Australia, October 6, 2015.David Gray/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift on Thursday said diplomatic and economic measures against North Korea have not had the results that people were expecting.

Swift, in Tokyo to meet senior Japanese Self Defence Force commanders, said at a briefing that any decision on a pre-emptive attack would be up to President Donald Trump.

North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast, a day before Trump was due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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