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rth Korea hailing its weekend missile launch as a success. State media claiming Monday the test fire is a step forward for Pyongyang's weapons program. By their account, the Pukguksong-2 is a new ballistic missile that could be capped with the nuclear new weapon. North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two in the last year.
And boosts it can make a nuclear weapons small enough to mount on a missile. Whether on not that's true, Sunday's launch is the first challenge to US President Donald Trump's tough line on the north. He spoke from Florida after the launch, standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who called the test quote, absolutely intolerable.
>> I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%.>> A US official telling Reuters Trump's likely to look at a list of responses, including even tighter financial sanctions, ramping up US Navy and air presence around the Korean peninsula, and speeding up the roll out of a new missile defense system in the south.
Once it's ready, a true North Korean intercontinental missile could threaten the mainland US. Trump officials say it's likely any American response will be muted, at least until an ICBM is the North's hands or it test a sixth nuclear weapon.