After North Korea missile launch fails Trump makes bold move, he said it’s time to stop Kim Jong-un.
Mr Trump and General McMaster said they hoped China would convince its neighbour, which depends on Beijing to prop up its trades and finances, to stop the crisis escalating.
On Saturday dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime displayed its military muscle in a huge parade, before yesterday’s missile test which exploded within seconds.
The medium-range missile – fired from a base in the Sinpo area – ended in farce because it ‘blew up almost immediately’, sources said. The US Pacific Command said it believed it to be a ballistic missile, which is initially powered and guided, but then uses gravity to fall to its target.
Experts said it was not an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which would be able to reach targets around the world. Kim’s ultimate aim is to be able to put a nuclear warhead on an ICBM.
US Vice President Mike Pence, who had flown into South Korea yesterday, accused North Korea of ‘provocation’.
He said the US was going to rebuild its military, ‘restore the arsenal of democracy’ and give troops the resources they needed to accomplish their mission. Evoking former president George W Bush’s speeches on the eve of the Afghan and Iraq wars, Mr Pence said ‘freedom will ever prevail’.
And Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posted on Twitter: ‘I strongly condemn the latest North Korean missile launch. They must stop these belligerent acts and comply with UN resolutions.’
General McMaster said the latest missile launch ‘fits a pattern of provocative and destabilising and threatening behaviour on the part of the North Korean regime’.
‘And so we’re working together with our allies and partners, and with the Chinese leadership, to develop a range of options.’