Trump responds to North Korean missile launch

US President Donald Trump has responded to North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over northern Japan, warning “all options are on the table”.

On Monday, North Korea launched an intermediate range ballistic missile that flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido and crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

It came as US and South Korean forces conducted annual military exercises on the peninsula.


In a statement released by The White House, Mr Trump said the world had received Pyongyang’s latest message “loud and clear”.

“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.

“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.  All options are on the table.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned North Korea, calling the missile firing a “reckless and provocative act”.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told ABC’s 7.30 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not irrational.

“I believe he knows exactly what he’s doing,” she said. “We have seen this pattern of behaviour from North Korea before, that is, provocative acts risky behaviour and then they get the world’s attention and then they’re back at the negotiating table.”