North Korea’s missile launch over Japan has sparked strong retaliatory actions from South Korea, and ominous words from President Trump. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) reports.

President Trump warned Tuesday that “all options are on the table” in response to North Korea’s provocative launch of a mid-range ballistic missile over Japanese territory for the first time.

Such “threatening and destabilizing actions” only increase North Korea’s isolation in the region and around the world, Trump said, adding that North Korea’s actions show “contempt for its neighbors.”

Trump did not reveal what options he is considering. “We’ll see, we’ll see,” he said before boarding a helicopter for a trip to tour flooded areas  of Texas,

North Korea has twice fired rockets that it said were carrying satellites over Japan — in 1998 and 2009 — but it is the first time it has fired a ballistic missile over the island nation.

The Pentagon confirmed that the missile’s northeastern path “did not pose a threat to North America.” a Pentagon statement said.

North Korea has threatened to fire missiles off the coast of Guam, a U.S. territory to the southeast. Trump said at the time that North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” if it followed through on the threat.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assailed the missile launch said he and Trump agreed in a phone call to seek an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council. He quoted Trump as saying the United States was “with Japan 100%.”

Abe told reporters that he and Trump saw the launch as an unprecedented threat, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.


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