Trump: 'All options' on table after N. Korea missile launch
TOKYO -- Millions of people in Japan woke up to a text message that said: "missile passing… please take cover." Some of the country's famed high-speed trains came to a screeching halt early Tuesday morning after.
Hours later, President Trump said "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."
The statement released by the White House on Tuesday went on to say that Kim Jong Un's "threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation," and warned "all options are on the table" for Mr. Trump to address the nuclear standoff.
CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports that in the past, Pyongyang normally made a point of warning Japan before it launched a missile through its airspace, but not this time. Sirens blared through the streets in northern Japan early Tuesday, waking people up with a warning to get inside and take cover.
The missile, determined by U.S. intelligence to have been an intermediate range KN-17, was launched from near the capital city of North Korea, possibly from a mobile launch pad at Pyongyang airport. It flew more than 1,600 miles, crossing over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that, according to U.S. officials, the missile splashed down 650 nautical miles east of Hokkaido.
U.S. officials could not immediately say whether the missile test was a success, and it wasn't clear if the re-entry vehicle -- the part of the missile designed to deliver a warhead back down to the ground -- survived re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. It was the North's fifth test of KN-17, but they first time the rogue nation has flown any missile over Japan since 2009.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch "a reckless act," and an "unprecedented" threat.
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