Donald Trump on North Korea missile launch: “all options are on the table”

US President Donald Trump has said in a terse statement in response to North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan that ‘all options are on the table’.

Trump said North Korea’s missile launch North has “signaled” that the country continues to act against its neighbors as well as against the wishes of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior. With these acts, it continues to threaten and destabilize the region and increases North Korean regime’s isolation among all nations of the world,” Trump said while adding that “all options are on the table.”

North Korea fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over US ally Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean. The launch was seen as an aggressive one and according to the US, it sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and South Korea conduct war games nearby. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan conferred by telephone over the latest missile test and how to response.

The US government has said that both the leaders agreed that North Korea poses “a grave and growing direct threat” to the United States, Japan, South Korea and countries around the world.

“President Trump and Prime Minister Abe committed to increasing pressure on North Korea, and doing their utmost to convince the international community to do the same,” the White House said.

Abe said in a statement that “Japan’s and the US positions are totally at one.”

Abe added that both US and Japan were in “total agreement” about an emergency UN Security Council meeting to step up pressure on North Korea. He added that Trump expressed his “strong commitment” to defending Japan.


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