Trump Says 'All Options on Table' After North Korea Missile Launch

Wednesday, 30 Aug, 2017

After the North Korea missile launch, President Donald Trump said that "all options are on the table" regarding a US response.

It also followed a series of missile launches late on Friday, and came after a period in which the U.S. and North Korea had traded heated rhetoric over Pyongyang's continued missile tests, which violate UN Security Council resolutions.

The White House said in a statement that North Korea represents "a grave and growing direct threat".

Such "threatening and destabilizing actions" only increase North Korea's isolation in the region and around the world, Trump said, adding that North Korea's actions show "contempt for its neighbors". "All options are on the table", Trump added.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled almost 1,700 miles and reached a maximum height of 341 miles as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

South Korea said the latest missile was launched at around 2057 GMT Monday from Sunan, near Pyongyang and flew around 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles) at a maximum altitude of around 550 kilometers.

The Secretary-General calls on the North Korean government to fully comply with its global obligations and work towards reopening communication channels, a statement issued by his spokesperson here said.

But what was left unsaid between the two ministers was their own diplomatic and commercial ties to North Korea, with the UAE in particular home to thousands of its workers whose wages help Pyongyang avoid worldwide sanctions.

"The United States along with Japan and South Korea have called for an emergency Security Council Meeting this afternoon".

Noteworthy is that the missile was sacked on the standard trajectory of 30-45 degrees in contrast to the communist nation's practice of test-launching mid-range ballistic missiles at a lofted angle to avoid flying over Japan.

Today's was the fourth missile North Korea has fired in four days - Pyongyang tested three short-range ballistic missiles, one of which failed, from Kangwon province that landed in water off the Korean Peninsula.

New sanctions on North Korea could be discussed, the USA envoy said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it a threat to his country.

Tuesday's missile launch over Hokkaido came as Japan deployed new PAC-3 interceptors. The exercises are mostly online, according to the Washington Post, and prepare the country for the possibility of a North Korean invasion.

South Korea, another USA ally, responded by releasing video of its own missile tests conducted last week. "Talks on North Korea were planned to be high on the agenda and they will continue to be".