TRUMP OF­FERS MUTED RE­PLY TO NKOREA MIS­SILE LAUNCH

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

So much for North Korea’s re­straint. So much for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s threats of “fire and fury.” Af­ter Py­ongyang’s highly provoca­tive mis­sile test over Ja­pan, Trump of­fered a sur­pris­ingly sub­dued re­sponse Tues­day, pulling back from his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­cent sug­ges­tions of a di­a­logue with the com­mu­nist coun­try but also avoid­ing a re­peat of his bom­bas­tic warn­ings ear­lier this month of a po­ten­tial mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion. In­stead, Trump’s terse, writ­ten state­ment re­it­er­at­ing that all U.S. op­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered pointed to an ad­min­is­tra­tion cau­tiously search­ing for an ef­fec­tive pol­icy, even as the North’s test risked en­dan­ger­ing Ja­panese civil­ians. The tone was far more mod­er­ate than Trump’s col­or­ful lan­guage ear­lier this month. /

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