Trump dials Abe, Moon to discuss N Korea missile launch

RSTV Bureau
FILE: US President Donald Trump Photo - AP/PTI

FILE: US President Donald Trump
Photo – AP/PTI

US President Donald Trump held emergency talks with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss their collective response to the latest North Korean missile test.

Asserting that he will “take care of” the situation in the aftermath of the North Korean ballistic missile test, Trump held separate calls with Abe and Moon to discuss their collective response to the latest provocative behaviour by Pyongyang.

“We will take care of it. It is a situation we will handle,” Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt room of the White House soon after North Korea’s ballistic missile test.

In both the phone calls, the leaders underscored the grave threat that North Korea’s latest provocation poses not only to the US, South Korea, Japan and the entire world.

They reaffirmed their strong condemnation of North Korea’s reckless campaign to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, noting that these weapons only serve to undermine North Korea’s security and deepen its diplomatic and economic isolation, the White House said.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, told reporters that the missile this time went higher than any previous time.

“Their Research and Development effort on their part they seem to be developing missiles that can reach anywhere in the world…in response South Korea has launched pinpoint missiles out into the water to make certain North Korea understands they could be under fire from our ally,” he said.

US Vice President Mike Pence said that all options are on the table indicating North Korean regime of not provoking President Trump or the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the United States.

“We will continue to marshall economic and diplomatic pressure until North Korea abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all,” Pence said in his Hudson Institute 2017 Herman Kahn Award Dinner.

In New York, Permanent Representative of the US to the UN, Nikki Haley, along with her counterparts from Japan and South Korea requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting to be held in the open chamber in response to North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Security Council session will be held on November 29, around 4:30 pm EST, a media release said.

(With inputs from Agencies)