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Trump: 'All Options Are On the Table' for North Korea

President's warning comes after Pyongyang launches missile over Japan
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2017 6:59 AM CDT
Trump: 'All Options Are On the Table' for North Korea
President Trump gestures during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the East Room of the White House Monday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – North Korea's provocative new missile launch has prompted an early morning warning from President Trump in which he says that "all options are on the table." Trump doesn't offer specifics but chastises Pyongyang for launching a ballistic missile that flew over Japan. "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," said the presidential statement, per the Washington Post.

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In its coverage for the North's test launch, the New York Times characterized Pyongyang's move as a "direct challenge" to Trump, who said last week that the North was "starting to respect us" after Trump began talking tough. Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday night, and afterward Abe told reporters that Japan and the US were "completely matched" in their stances and would discuss ways to increase international pressure on the North. Pyongyang has twice before fired missiles over Japan, in 1998 and in 2009, but it said afterward that those missiles were carrying satellites. The AP reports that the latest launch involved a midrange ballistic missile, which is "unambiguously" for military purposes, unlike the two earlier missile launches. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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