US will take care of N.Korean missile launch: Trump
Washington, Nov 29 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said “we will take care of it”, reacting to the latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test by North Korea, a move that has hiked tensions in the region.
Trump told reporters in brief remarks from the White House on Tuesday after the missile launch that the US “will take care of it…. It is a situation that we will handle”, Efe news reported.
The President offered no further details, however he did say that the launch does not change anything about US strategy toward Pyongyang.
Pyongyang’s most recent previous launch was on September 15, when a North Korean missile flew over northern Japan before plunging into the Pacific Ocean.
Wednesday’s launch is the 20th missile test undertaken by Pyongyang so far this year.
“North Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat,” US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said.
Earlier, the Pentagon said the missile had flown for about 1,000 km before falling into the Sea of Japan, BBC reported.
The launch, early on Wednesday, is the latest in a series that have raised international tensions.
North Korea’s last ballistic missile launch was in September and came days after its sixth nuclear test.
The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea and flew roughly around 1,000 km before landing in the Sea of Japan, Fox News reported.
The missile flew east for about 53 minutes before landing off the north of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, the New York Times reported.