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 warnedÂ 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 Koreaâs isolation in the region and around the world, Trump said, adding that North Koreaâs actions show “contempt for its neighbors.”
Trump did not reveal what options he is considering.Â “We’ll see, we’ll see,” he said before boarding a helicopter forÂ a trip to tour flooded areas Â of Texas,
North KoreaÂ has twiceÂ fired rockets that it said were carrying satellites over Japan â in 1998 and 2009 â but itÂ is the first time it has firedÂ 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 hasÂ 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 toÂ 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 theÂ launch as an unprecedentedÂ threat, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.
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