U.S. President Donald Trump said in a statement that he had received Kim Jong-un’s message ‘loud and clear’ after this morning’s missile test, and that it signalled ‘contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior’.
Trump added that ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to solving the issue with North Korea. It followed a threat by South Korea to ‘exterminate’ Kim Jong-un if he continues to risk the safety of its population.
South Korea’s F-15K fighter jets drop bombs during a training at the Taebaek Pilsung Firing Range on Tuesday morning in Gangwon-do, South Korea
Within hours of the missile launch, South Korea had responded with ‘overwhelming show of force’ by bombing a shooting range in Taebaek, Gangwon-do province, near its border to the North as part of a military drill, launching footage which contained a stern warning to Kim Jong-Un.
Colonel Lee Kuk-no of South Korea made it clear that Seoul would respond with full force is North Korea threatened the South
The rocket, reportedly a mid-range ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload, was fired from a region near the capital Pyongyang over Japan.
It broke into three pieces off the coast of Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean, around 700 miles east of Cape Erimo, after travelling 1,700m in eight minutes.