Trump: 'All options are on the table' after latest North Korea missile launch

By Andrew V. Pestano Follow @AVPLive9 Contact the Author   |  Aug. 29, 2017 at 9:35 AM
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Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Following North Korea's missile test that flew over Japan, President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table" in response to the hermit kingdom's "threatening and destabilizing actions."

Seoul's joint chiefs of staff said Pyongyang launched the "unidentified" rocket that flew over Japan at about 5:57 a.m. on Tuesday. The missile splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean.

The provocation comes after North Korea launched at least three ballistic missiles on Saturday from the vicinity of Gitdaeryong in Kangwon province, a region divided between north and south.

"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 statement. "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."

Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke on the phone following Pyongyang's missile test. The White House said the "two leaders agreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea, as well as to countries around the word."

The White House said Trump and Abe "committed to increasing pressure on North Korea, and doing their utmost to convince the international community to do the same."

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