NK: ‘All options remain on the table’


President Trump did not take to Twitter to condemn North Korea after the rogue regime launched a missile that flew over Japan on Monday. Instead, the president issued an official statement to acknowledge Pyongyang’s message.

“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,” the White House statement read.

The missile which flew over Japan is believed to have reached a maximum altitude of 350 miles, flown for 15 minutes and traveled approximately 1,700 miles before disintegrating into three pieces and crashing into the Pacific Ocean east of Hokkaido Island. For unknown reasons, Tokyo made no attempt to intercept the missile although a warning system advised the island’s residents to take shelter.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later tried to reassure the population. He also told reporters that he and President Trump were on the same page.

“We will do our utmost to protect people’s lives. This reckless act of launching a missile that flies over our country is an unprecedented, serious and important threat,” Abe insisted.

He then confirmed that he had spoken with Mr. Trump for 40 minutes and that they had both agreed that they should “immediately hold an emergency meeting at the United Nations, and further strengthen pressure against North Korea.”

Pyongyang also launched three short-range missiles on Saturday maybe in protest at the 11-day U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises which include 50,000 South Korean soldiers and 17,500 U.S. troops. The exercises are expected to end on Thursday.

Following the launch, North Korea insisted that it would continue to pursue its ‘defense’ policies.

“The US should know that it can neither browbeat the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] with any economic sanctions and military threats and blackmails nor make the DPRK flinch from the road chosen by itself,” state-owned North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun stressed.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying pointed out that the situation was “now at a tipping point approaching a crisis.”

It is the third time Pyongyang has launched missiles over Japanese territory. In 1998 and 2009, the regime claimed that these were in fact rockets on their way to place satellites into orbit.