North Korea continues to push Trump and the world with yet another missile test. The launch yesterday was believed to be an intermediate range missile yesterday reaching an altitude of about 1200 miles before crashing into the sea off the coast of Russia.
President Trump, not pleased, issued this statement in response.
President Donald Trump called for tougher sanctions against North Korea after it test-fired a ballistic missile Sunday in an apparent attempt to test the South’s new liberal president and the US.“Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea,” the White House said in a brief statement.The missile flew more than 700 kilometres (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).It impacted “so close to Russian soil … the president cannot imagine that Russia is pleased”, the White House said, adding that North Korea “has been a flagrant menace for far too long”.Russia’s defence ministry later said the missile landed about 500 km from its border and posed no threat.
After a multitude of UN and US sanctions, North Korea has shown no sign of stopping it’s nuclear and missile programs.
U.S. officials have pointed out that the application of sanctions has been poorly enforced and that they would try “every tool in our arsenal” to cut off sources of international financing for illegal activities in the North.
New South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, has also been conciliatory. Slamming the missile test as a “reckless provocation” after holding an emergency meeting with his national security advisers.
Moon said Seoul strongly condemned this “grave challenge to the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the international community”, according to his spokesman Yoon Young-Chan.
The U.S. and those countries in the area need to press China harder to hold North Korea accountable.
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