President Donald Trump hinted at retaliation on Tuesday morning, saying that “all options are on the table” after North Korea launched off a missile that flew directly over Japan.
“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said in an official statement released Tuesday. “All options are on the table.”
Trump said that North Korea has “signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” by launching the missile over Japan.
On Monday, North Korea fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan, the first time the nation has tested a weapon over Japan, according to the Associated Press. The missile splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, prompting Trump to discuss a plan with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
“Japan’s and the U.S. positions are totally at one,” Abe said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Trump departed for Texas on Tuesday to visit areas effected by Hurricane Harvey and the deadly flooding in Houston.
Leaving now for Texas!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2017