President Donald Trump appeared to signal a shift in the US stance on North Korea in a tweet Wednesday morning.
“The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!” Trump tweeted.
North Korea’s latest missile test flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Tuesday morning. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch “an unprecedented, grave, and serious threat” that damaged the security of the region.
In a White House statement released Tuesday, the president said “the world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear.”
“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said. “All options are on the table.”