President Trump responded to the latest North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, saying that all “options are on the table” just hours after Kim Jong Un fired a missile over Japanese territory; a move that will drastically increase tensions in an already volatile region.
“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,” said an official 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 President added.
According to Fox News, the test was the first time the communist nation launched a rocket directly over Japanese territory; a clear demonstration they are capable of delivering a nuclear payload to the staunch American ally as well as Guam.
President Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minster Abe immediately following the test, with both leaders pledging to “increase pressure on North Korea.”
“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,” said a joint statement.