North Korea Missiles: Trump Warns 'All Options' on Table

تم نشره في Mon 28 August / Aug 2017. 11:00 PM - آخر تعديل في Tue 29 August / Aug 2017. 08:26 PM

US President Donald Trump has said North Korea's latest missile launch signals "contempt" for its neighbours and the UN.

He said the North would only increase its isolation and that "all options" were on the table.

The missile flew over northern Japan's Hokkaido island before crashing into the northern Pacific Ocean.

Pyongyang says it is being provoked by US-South Korea military exercises which it says are a rehearsal for invasion.

Russia and China have also cited the drills as the source of the latest tensions.

The UN Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting in response. Ahead of the meeting, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the missile launch undermined regional security and stability.

He called on Pyongyang to comply with its international obligations.

President Trump, in a statement released by the White House, said the world had "received North Korea's latest message loud and clear".

"This regime has signalled its contempt for its neighbours, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behaviour," he said.

"Threatening and destabilising 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."

Earlier this month, President Trump warned Pyongyang would face "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the US, while North Korea threatened to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.

However, North Korean UN ambassador Han Tae-Song said his country had the right to respond to the military exercises.

(BBC)

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