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'All options' on table after North Korea missile launch: Trump


    Agence France-Presse

Washington, United States   /   Tue, August 29, 2017   /   08:15 pm
'All options' on table after North Korea missile launch: Trump A woman walks in front of a huge screen displaying Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Abe said on August 29 that he and US President Donald Trump agreed to hike pressure on North Korea after it launched a ballistic missile over Japan, in Pyongyang's most serious provocation in years. (Agence France -Presse/Kazuhiro Nogi)

US President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that "all options" remained under consideration after North Korea launched a missile over Japan.

"Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world," the White House said in a statement. 

"All options are on the table."

The statement said that 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."

The statement reiterates Trump's past threats to use military action to resolve the ongoing crisis with North Korea, including an apocalyptic warning of raining "fire and fury" on North Korea after Pyongyang last month carried out two ICBM tests.

Pyongyang in turn threatened to fire a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam. 

Trump also spoke by phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following the missile launch.

"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 said in a separate statement.  

"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."