Following North Korea’s first ballistic missile test in more than two months, US President Donald Trump promised the US would “take care of” the problem.
Trump told reporters Tuesday, though, that the latest test does not change the US approach to North Korea.
Trump said he spoke with Defense Secretary James Mattis for a while after the launch and said North Korea’s launch is “a situation that we will handle.” One week ago, the White House designated North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.
South Korean and Japanese officials were on alert for a potential test after detecting a higher level of radioactivity data in North Korea. “North Korea might launch a missile within the next few days,” a Japanese government official said Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s test.
The launch marks the first time North Korea has provoked the US and regional nations since US President Donald Trump labelled Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism. According to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Tuesday’s missile flew higher than any previous North Korean projectile.
The South Korean military staged a “precision strike” missile drill in response to North Korea’s test.