A day after North Korea launched another missile over Japan, the United Nations Security Council condemned the latest act of aggression from the regime of Kim Jong-un while President Donald Trump expressed confidence in America’s ability to quell the threat from Pyongyang.
The ballistic missile that flew over Japan and crashed into the ocean on Thursday was the second projectile North Korea launched over the country in the last two weeks, sustaining months of North Korean threats that included the country conducting its largest-ever nuclear test earlier this month. An American military official said the massive blast likely came from a hydrogen bomb.
After a meeting convened in response to the latest launch, the United Nations Security Council released a statement slamming the “outrageous action”.
“The Security Council stressed that these actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states,” the 15-member council said in a statement.
It was a sentiment shared by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who made clear the threat the international community faces.
“In East Asia, an increasingly aggressive and isolated regime in North Korea threatens democracies in South Korea, Japan, and more importantly, and more recently, has expanded those threats to the United States, endangering the entire world,” Mr Tillerson said,
Mr Trump – speaking at Joint Andrews military base – echoed that denunciation in saying North Korea “has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community” but touted America’s might having repeatedly promised not to let Pyongyang launch a nuclear missile at the US as Mr Kim’s regime has repeatedly threatened.
”After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming” Mr Trump said.
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His administration has consistently dangled the possibility of a military response, with Mr Trump threatening “fire and fury” and Defense Secretary James Mattis warning America could marshal enough force for “the total annihilation of a country”.
Responding to the threats of potential military action, North Korea state media said that the country’s goal is reaching “equilibrium” of military force with the United States.
“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make…