August 30, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Tuesday that North Korea’s latest message was made “loud and clear” after the country launched a ballistic missile over Japan on Monday prompting the leader to say the United States is open to using “all options” at its disposal.
“This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” Trump said.
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“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,” he said.
Trump in a call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe highlighted that North Korea poses a “direct threat” to their countries.
“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,” according to the White House.
“Their outrageous act of firing a missile over our country is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat and greatly damages regional peace and security,” he told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.