On Tuesday morning, while he was en route to Texas to deal with Hurricane Harvey aftermath, President Donald Trump made his first official comments on North Korea's latest missile test. The missile is believed to have landed just off the shores of Japan, which led to emergency announcements in northern Japan imploring residents to head to safety.
“The world has received North Korea[']s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” he said in a statement to the White House Press Pool.
“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime[']s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” he added. “All options are on the table.”
Also on Tuesday, the White House released a readout of a Monday phone call between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Agreeing that North Korea “poses a grave and growing direct threat” to their countries and South Korea in particular, they “committed to increasing pressure on North Korea” and are rallying for other countries to do the same.