AFP-JijiWASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — The United States slammed North Korea’s latest missile test as a provocation and insisted Sunday it is working closely with China to resolve a crisis that Washington sees as reaching a critical stage.
Amid broader fears that North Korea may again test a nuclear bomb, the Pentagon said Sunday’s missile launch was a failure, with the weapon blowing up almost immediately after its early morning takeoff near Sinpo on North Korea’s east coast.
Following the test, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told ABC News: “There’s an international consensus now — including the Chinese and the Chinese leadership — that this is a situation that just can’t continue.”
Amid sharply heightened tensions, McMaster said the United States and allies were studying all actions “short of a military option,” though the Trump administration has not ruled that out.