Trump confident US can handle North Korea threat after missile launch

Donald Trump says that he is confident that the options that US has in facing the threat from North Korea are “effective and overwhelming”, a day after Pyongyang had fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

The American President said that neither the United States not its allies will ever be intimidated by the actions of North Korea. Trump made his remarks while addressing a gathering of air force personnel and their families at the Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Maryland on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force.

Donald Trump stated: “We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilisation from all who dare to threaten our way of life. This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community.

“After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming.”

Donald Trump during the 70th Anniversary of the US Air Force

Donald Trump during the 70th Anniversary of the US Air Force. Photo courtesy of Donald J. Trump.

Friday’s missile launch by North Korea showed its capabilities of hitting the US territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. Despite facing sanctions and wrath of global powers, North Korea has gone on to prepare its mass destruction weapons.

However, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has dismissed the latest North Korean missile saying that it did not pose any danger to North America.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has revealed that US Secretary of Defense James Mattis had spoken to his Japanese counterpart Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera regarding the latest missile launch by North Korea.

Pentagon stated that James Mattis had given reassurance to Itsunori Onodera of the US’ relentless commitment to defend Japan and the larger security interests of the region.

Both James Mattis and Itsunori Onodera had agreed that a strong demonstration was needed for the latest North Korean provocation through a united front between the two countries along with South Korea. They also agreed on the significance of strong trilateral defense cooperation between the three countries.

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