Navy’s ballistic missile shootdown comes hours after Kim Jong Un’s threat to contain GuamAugust 31, 2017
A DEMANDING STANDOFF: The tension with North Korea over its missile tests and nuclear program has degenerated into a cycle of provocation, demands and defiance. Wash, rinse, repeat. President Trump’s response to the Monday launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, was to issue a statement that “all options are on the table.”
The Pentagon confirmed the initial reports out of South Korea that the missile overflew the territory of northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean approximately 500 nautical miles east of Japan, but gave few other details. The test sent a message, which the White House said the world has received “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,” Trump’s statement said.