President Donald Trump has warned that all options are on the table for the United States to respond to North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over northern Japan.
The missile test further increased tension in east Asia as US and South Korean forces conducted annual military exercises on the Korean peninsula, angering Pyongyang which sees the war games as a preparation for invasion.
Trump, who has vowed not to let North Korea develop nuclear missiles that can hit the mainland United States, said the world had received North Korea’s latest message “loud and clear”.
“Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke and agreed that North Korea “poses a grave and growing direct threat” to the United States, Japan and South Korea, the White House said. Initial assessment indicates the North Korean missile was an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), the Pentagon said in a statement.
Two US officials said it appeared to be a KN-17, or Hwasong-12. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning said diplomacy was still Washington’s preferred option with Pyongyang, but…
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