Trump Calls for 'Heavy Move' After N. Korea Missile Launch

'Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2017 1:26 AM CDT
Trump Slams North Korea After Missile Launch
People watch a TV news program showing a file image of a missile being test-launched by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. North Korea on Tuesday launched yet another ballistic missile in the direction of Japan, South Korean officials said, part of...   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

"North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?" President Trump tweeted Monday night after Pyongyang's latest missile launch. The Japanese government estimates that the intermediate-range missile launched early Tuesday local time flew for around 40 minutes—longer than similar recent launches—before landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the AP reports. "Hard to believe that South Korea ... and Japan will put up with this much longer," Trump tweeted. "Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!"

US Pacific Command says NORAD "assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America," CNN reports, though David Wright at the Union of Concerned Scientists says that according to distance and flight time estimates, the missile had a maximum range of around 4,160 miles—enough to reach Alaska, though not Hawaii or the lower 48 states. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump's call for a "heavy move" from Beijing comes after a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday night, in which Trump warned that the US is ready to act on its own to pressure North Korea if China is unwilling to take action. (More North Korea stories.)

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