Donald Trump has promised a show of military strength in response to North Korean missile tests
Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor to President Donald Trump said: “We will go to Congress and ask them to invest in our military, so once again, we will have unquestioned military strength beyond anything anyone can imagine.”
“Trump went out, stood shoulder to shoulder and sent a message to the whole world that we stand with our allies.”
Kim Jong Un was present for the 'successful' missile test
It is Trump’s first major foreign policy challenge since he became the 45th US President.
Miller added: “The message is that we are going to reinforce and strengthen our vital alliances in the Pacific region as part of our strategy to deter and prevent the increasing hostility that we’ve seen in recent years from the North Korean regime.”
Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe have been united in warning North Korea
Armed forces of the United States will again send a signal to the world that America’s strength will not be tested
Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor to Trump
“More broadly, as you know, we’re inheriting a situation around the world today that is deeply troubling. The situation in North Korea, the situation in Iraq, the situation in Syria, the situation in Yemen.
“And this President is committed to a fundamental rebuilding of the armed forces of the United States that will again send a signal to the world that America’s strength will not be tested.”
Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said: “North Korea's pursuit of large solid-fuelled missiles was a very concerning development.
"This new rocket is the type that we should be much more worried about. Solid fuel rockets can be launched at short notice without much preparation.
America and South Korea prepare for war against North Korea Tue, January 24, 2017
U.S. and South Korean marines participate in the endurance exercise in temperature below minus 20 degrees celsius under a scenario to defend the country from any possible attacks from North Korea.
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“Large solid fuel motors are difficult to make work correctly so this is indeed a significant advance by North Korea.”
Trump issued a joint speech with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, declaring: “I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 per cent.”
The United States, Japan and South Korea requested urgent UN Security Council consultations on the test an official in the US mission to the United Nations revealed.
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