All papers reported on a statement released on Tuesday by Secretary of State Tillerson, in which he stated: “The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.” Quoting the Secretary as saying, “We intend to bring North Korea’s provocative action before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures to hold the DPRK accountable,” Yomiuri speculated that Washington probably has such measures as cutting oil supplies to the DPRK in mind. The secretary called for cooperation from other nations, stating: “Global action is required to stop a global threat. Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime.”
Asahi wrote that although the Trump administration is expected to take the next step in response to the latest provocation by the DPRK, military options appear unfeasible. Mainichi wrote that there is no clear path toward effective pressure on North Korea in sight because China and Russia remain hesitant to apply greater pressure on Pyongyang. Yomiuri wrote that although an ICBM test by North Korea had been viewed as a “red line” for U.S. military action, the Trump administration will likely step up economic sanctions on North Korea instead of taking military action. Nikkei wrote that attention will be focused on how the U.S. responds to North Korea’s ICBM test.