(National Sentinel) War Drums: President Donald J. Trump repeated an earlier pledge that “all options” remain on the table, including the military option, for dealing with North Korea after Pyongyang launched a missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
As reported by Reuters, the missile flew 2,700 km (about 1,680 miles) after reaching a height of 550 km (approximately 341 miles), prompting an angry response from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“North Korea’s reckless action is an unprecedented, serious and a grave threat to our nation,” Abe told reporters. He added that he had spoken with Trump following the launch, and both agreed to put more pressure on North Korea, with the U.S. president pledging he was “100 percent with Japan.”
“It’s another provocation by North Korea, they just seem to continue to happen,” U.S. envoy Robert Wood told reporters in Geneva.
“This is a big concern of course to my government and to a number of other governments,” Wood said before a session of the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.
“The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” Trump said, in a written statement released by the White House.
“Threatening and destabilizing 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,” the statement continued.
In China, North Korea’s lone major ally, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the crisis was “approaching a critical juncture,” though he added it could also be a turning point in peace negotiations.
“Alas, Pyongyang has demonstrated that its threats to the U.S. base on Guam are not a bluff,” Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russia’s upper house of parliament’s international affairs committee, said on social media.
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