The information coming from North Korea’s state media after Tuesday launch is they are just getting started in the “Pacific.” The BBC reports:
North Korea says its firing of a missile over Japan was “the first step” of military operations in the Pacific, signaling plans for more launches.
State media also repeated threats to the US Pacific island of Guam, which it called “an advanced base of invasion.”
The missile launched on Tuesday crossed Japan’s northern Hokkaido island, triggering public alerts to take cover, before landing in the sea.
The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned North Korea for its actions.
Meeting late on Tuesday in New York, the council called the launch “outrageous,” demanding North Korea cease all missile testing.
While the statement said the regime’s actions were a threat to all UN member states, it did not threaten new sanctions against Pyongyang.
President Trump responded early Tuesday after North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s airspace. Trump said that “all options are on the table,” and he added that the world had 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. “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 president added.
Trump’s comments came after the Pentagon confirmed late Monday that North Korea fired a missile within Japan’s airspace. Pentagon officials said, “We are still in the process of assessing this launch. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America. We are working closely with Pacific Command, Strategic Command, and NORAD and will provide an update as soon as possible.”
The White House released a statement early on Tuesday that said Trump discussed the missile during a call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday. “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 world.”
The White House statement continued, “President Trump and Prime Minister Abe committed to increasing pressure on North Korea, and doing their utmost to convince the international community to do the same.”
These latest responses come after President Trump said earlier in the month that Pyongyang and all of North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” if the country persisted in threatening behavior against the U.S. The worldwide tensions continue to escalate. What do you think President Trump should do?