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.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un brushed aside warnings from President Trump and vowed Wednesday to press ahead with more nuclear missiles tests in the Pacific.

Kim said “more ballistic missile rocket launching drills” are “necessary” to modernize his military’s strategic capabilities. He also said his country will continue to watch “U.S. demeanors” before it decides on future actions. 

Kim’s comments come a day after North Korea launched a missile over Japan for the first time, prompting a rebuke from the Japanese government and a warning from Trump.

According to Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim was present for his military’s provocative launch over Japan. He expressed “great satisfaction” with what he called a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam.

Trump warned Tuesday that “all options are on the table” in response to North Korea’s latest missile launch, but a military one seems unlikely, security analysts said Tuesday.

“I think the administration sees that an attack would be so escalatory that we probably ought to avoid that,” said Bruce Bennett, an analyst at RAND Corp.


Trump’s response so far has been more measured than his earlier threat to bring “fire and fury” to North Korea. He said Tuesday that such “threatening and destabilizing actions” only increase North Korea’s isolation, adding that Pyongyang’s actions show “contempt for its neighbors.”

Kim, who has continuously defied world opinion in pursuit of his country’s…