The Trump administration is pressing Russia in the wake of N. Korea’s latest test of a ballistic missile, which fell into the sea separating North Korea’s east and Japan.
Press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement late Saturday that President Trump was briefed on the test.
“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,” Spicer said.
“North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long. South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us,” Spicer added. “The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea. Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman told reporters in Beijing that Putin had discussed the latest North Korean missile test with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to Reuters.
The news service added that the two leaders expressed “mutual concerns” about growing tension in the region.
U.S. Pacific Command said it detected and tracked the launch from an area near Kusung.
“The type of missile is being assessed and the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile,” it added.
Officials also that the North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the launch did not pose a threat to North America.