“The leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile.”
En route to Saudi Arabia, Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis said the latest North Korean missile launch was meant to enflame tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence, on a 10-day Asian tour, said he’s glad China is now helping to put pressure on North Korea, but he hopes they will do more to rein in the unpredictable nation.
“The United States will continue to work with Japan and allies across the region and China to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear until North Korea abandons its nuclear and ballistic programs,” VP Pence said.
This as North Korean officials tell foreign media they will continue to launch missile tests and are prepared for “all out war” if the United States intervenes.
Back at home, the president remained mum on what he’s prepared to do.
“Ok, what happens if North Korea launches another missile?”
“We’ll find out,” President Trump said.
Military analysts like Gen. Jack Keane say the White House needs to remain tough, but patient – adding a diplomatic breakthrough with China could be the secret weapon.
“For the first time [in] 20-plus years, the Chinese are willing to do something about North Korea’s nuclearization program,” Gen. Keane said. “I believe this has occurred for one reason and one reason only: New president, new policy and he put the military option on the table.”
Fox has learned the North Korean missile that failed to launch over the weekend was designed to target ships different from missiles they successfully tested earlier this year.