Donald Trump “cannot imagine Russia is pleased” with North Korea’s latest missile test as it landed closer to Russia than Japan.
North Korea’s ballistic missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and US militaries said.
“With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil, in fact – closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” the White House said in a statement.
North Korea had been “a flagrant menace for too long,” it said, and Washington maintains its “ironclad commitment” to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat it poses.
The latest “provocation” should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North, it added.
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