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    The intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 is seen during its test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 5 2017

    Trump Vows To 'Take All Necessary Steps' To Protect US From North Korean Threat

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    Washington will "take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the homeland and protect our allies in the region," US President Donald Trump said in a statement Friday.

    The president condemned Pyongyang's most recent ballistic test. The event "is only the latest reckless and dangerous action by the North Korean regime," the statement added. 

    "North Korea's test launch today of another intercontinental ballistic missile — the second such test in less than a month — is only the latest reckless and dangerous action," according to the White House. 

    Washington "rejects the regime's claim that these tests — and these weapons — ensure North Korea's security. In reality, they have the opposite effect." 

    "By threatening the world, these weapons and test further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people," the Trump administration added. 

    South Korea and the US tested a ballistic missile a few hours ago in a show of force against Pyongyang. 

    The test reinforced the allies' could conduct a "precise strike on the enemy's leadership," the Joint Chiefs of Staff reportedly said in a statement. 

    North Korea's ballistic missile test traversed 1,000 kilometers before splashing down in the Sea of Japan. 

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