Trump on New North Korea's Missile Launch: 'All Options on the Table'

© AFP 2022 / JUNG Yeon-Je People watch a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 29, 2017.
People watch a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 29, 2017. - Sputnik International
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US President Donald Trump commented on the new North Korean missile launch. The comment comes amid the recent escalation of Washington's rhetoric toward Pyongyang and statements saying that a military solution is on the table.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the latest North Korean missile launch has signaled its contempt for its neighbors and the members of the United Nations.

"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. 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 said as quoted by the White House.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addresses a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 16, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, North Korea launched a projectile Japan considers to be the Hwasong-12 ballistic missile which flew over Japan before falling into the Pacific Ocean 1,180 kilometers (733 miles) east of Japan's northern island Hokkaido. The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on the issue as it is the second missile launch by Pyongyang in just few days.

Tensions around Pyongyang's missile program have further escalated this summer, following the adoption of the UN Security Council sanctions, which led to North Korea trading threats and warnings with the United States. Most notably, Pyongyang said it might consider an attack on the area near the US territory of Guam in the Western Pacific.

In response, US President Donald Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" against North Korea if it endangered the United States. Trump's escalation of rhetoric toward Pyongyang has been criticized by US Democrats, some major US allies, including Germany, as well as Russia and China, who called on the parties to resume a dialogue and proposed a "double freeze" plan to settle the conflict urging North Korea to stop nuclear tests and calling on the US and South Korea to refrain from joint drills.

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