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North Korea launch increases focus on risky US shoot down option

31 Août 2017

"Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world", the President said. President Trump reacted by stating "all options are on the table".

The missile, fired on Tuesday, travelled around 2,700 kilometers (1,677 miles) and reached a maximum height of 550 kilometers (341 miles) as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

North Korea and the US have escalated tensions over the last month as the country continues to advances its nuclear capabilities and conduct missile tests.

Although North Korea's missile program originated with a few, often disparaged tests in an isolated corner of the country, it has evolved into an arsenal of delivery systems capable of deploying a credible nuclear threat. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later addressed the incident, saying Japan was collecting information on the launch and taking "all possible measures to ensure our people's safety". "Are we out of diplomatic solutions for North Korea?"

According to Hua, the USA and South Korea "held one round after another of joint military exercises and they exerted military pressure on the DPRK (North Korea)".

In a statement released through his state media, North Korea said they would "be fully ready to go into action for decisive battle so as to launch powerful ballistic rockets".

Two U.S. B-1B strategic bombers and four U.S. F-35B stealth combat planes were dispatched Thursday afternoon over the Korean Peninsula from the U.S. island of Guam and the U.S. military base in Japan respectively.

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However, the US-drafted statement, which was agreed by consensus, does not threaten new sanctions on North Korea.

Global markets reacted to the escalation in tension, buying safe-haven assets such as gold, the Swiss franc and even the Japanese yen on expectation domestic investors would bring large amounts of currency home in times of uncertainty. Thousands of USA soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan.

It was not clear whether Trump was referring to the financial and food aid given to the North Korean regime in exchange for Pyongyang's commitment to curb its nuclear programmes.

China called for restraint from all sides. "Respect that fact", the commander-in-chief said.

At a press conference alongside Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister said the United Kingdom condemned the latest missile launch in the "strongest terms possible".

Kim had made a similar statement following threats to launch a siege of Guam in August. Even if we get these alerts there's nowhere to run. We hope this is the signal we have been looking for...

"We're never out of diplomatic solutions", Mr Mattis said on Wednesday.