Trump Promises to Deal With North Korea 'Very Strongly'

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"North Korea's weapons programs represent a clear, grave threat to USA national security".

A Republican senator is urging President Trump to prioritize North Korea, which just claimed its latest test of a ballistic missile was a success. "Pyongyang's behavior threatens not only our allies in East Asia, but also US national security and the American homeland".

Sources in the United States, South Korea and Japan reported that North Korea launched a ballistic missile over the weekend.

And this test likely had a political dimension that may have affected the timing - it is nearly certainly not a coincidence that North Korea launched a missile towards Japan, with the range to reach Japan but on a trajectory that deliberately dropped it into the ocean instead, on the day Japan's prime minister was meeting the new U.S. president in Florida. Later that evening Trump and Abe appeared before reporters in front of American and Japanese flags, during which Abe denounced the launch as "absolutely intolerable" and Trump declared that "the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent". The Musudan has a range of up to 2,500 miles.

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First, he said, Trump should fully enforce existing US and multilateral sanctions, including by making sure China is enforcing its sanctions commitments under United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Geng said China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has been "completely and comprehensively" implementing security council resolutions on the nuclear issue.

The UN Security Council will convene early today for consultations on the missile test following a request from the US, Japan and South Korea.

North Korea could face more sanctions in the wake of its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday, which has sparked alarm as it is seen to be a significant enhancement in Pyongyang's nuclear armoury.

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NORTH KOREA is an expert at provocation. North Korea's main trading partner China was, however, predictably more circumspect, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saying the country opposes the test but calling on all related parties "not to provoke each other". "Japan, with our high level of technical capability, will be able to contribute to President Trump's growth strategy", Abe said.

The test on Saturday night, United States time, was reported by North Korea and then later confirmed by Pentagon officials.

"Mr. President, we are at a critical juncture with regard to North Korea and its provocative behavior", Gardner wrote.

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