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Kim Jong-Un Makes Official Statement After Missile Launch

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On Tuesday, North Korea continued escalating tensions with neighboring countries and the United States.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un called the country’s latest missile test, which flew directly over Japan, “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam” in a lengthy propaganda statement on North Korean airwaves.

In the statement, he continues to maintain his country’s defiant posture even, despite United Nations gathering for an emergency meeting with the sole objective of containing the communist country.

The Independent reports:

The remark again makes the small Pacific island an outsize player in a global struggle over North Korea’s military ambitions. It was frequently invoked as the United States and North Korea traded belligerent rhetoric earlier this month, with Donald Trump’s threat of punishing North Korea with “fear and fire” prompting North Korea’s military to announce it was formulating plans to strike Guam.

North Korea subsequently signaled it was shelving the threat, drawing praise from Mr Trump.

But a series of missile tests in recent days has again raised the temperature. Japan is on high alert after North Korea fired a missile over the island of Hokkaido, which prompted an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

Mr Kim was present to observe the test of the missile that rattled Japan, according to the Korean Central News Agency, a government mouthpiece.

The North Korean missile hurtled toward Japan as the United States and South Korea were conducting joint military exercises that North Korea has consistently denounced as an act of aggression.

In the wake of the missile launch, Japanese officials said they would urge the international community to intensify pressure on an increasingly assertive North Korea. The security council already voted unanimously in early August to impose new sanctions that sought to inflict economic pain by banning coal and other exports.

Prior to the meeting, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said “something serious has to happen” without providing additional details, according to the Associated Press. Donald Trump said North Korea had displayed “contempt for its neighbors” and that “all options are on the table” for a response.

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