Donald Trump Firm On Acting ‘Very Strongly’ On North Korea Missile Threat


New Delhi: : US President Donald Trump has taken a resolve to confront North Korea “very strongly” following its latest missile test and urged nations to show Pyongyang there would be consequences for its weapons program. 

North Korea on Tuesday test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe has the range to reach Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps the US Pacific Northwest.

North Korea said it could carry a large nuclear warhead. Speaking at a news conference with Polish President AndrzejDuda, Trump said North Korea was “a threat, and we will confront it very strongly”. He said the United States was considering “severe things” for North Korea, but that he would not draw a “red line” of the kind that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had drawn but not enforced on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Trump added: “They are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will have to be done.”
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the missile test in itself did not bring the parties closer to a war and stressed that America’s focus was on diplomatic efforts to pressure Pyongyang. “We stand ready to provide (military) options if they are necessary. But this is a purely diplomatically led (effort),” Mattis told a small group of reporters at the Pentagon.

“Diplomacy has not failed. … Diplomatic efforts remain under way as we speak.” Mattis spoke by phone with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo on Thursday, reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the US-South Korea alliance and promising “the full range of US capabilities.” He spoke with his Japanese counterpart on Wednesday

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