>> North Korea's latest round of missile test, raising the heat on President Donald Trump to take bolder action against a nuclear armed regime he views as one of the greatest threats to the United States. Monday's launch of four ballistic missiles, traveling hundreds of miles even more alarm for the White House after North Korea said it was practicing the hitting US military bases in Japan and maybe trying the out maneuver a US missile defense system newly deployed in South Korea by firing multiple rockets at once.
Just the latest in a long series of provocations, including five increasingly powerful nuclear tests raising fears Pyongyang is building toward a nuclear missile, capable of reaching the continental US. Reuters Pentagon correspondent Phil Stewart.>> That is North Korea's aim with this missile program. They're hoping to design a missile, that can threaten, that can hold parts of United States at threat.
And the idea being the north that, with a nuclear capable long range ICBM, intercontinental ballistic missile The United States wouldn't dare touch its regime. Wouldn't dare interfere with North Korea's affairs because they could, theoretically, threaten millions and millions of Americans.>> After North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un said he was preparing such a missile, Trump tweeted, quote, it won't happen.
But Trump may be running out of time to stop him.>> Everything they're doing, US officials fear is moving them closer and closer and closer to that capability. While the number of US options are shrinking and North Korea's capabilities are increasing.>> Despite the tough talk from Trump, his policies so far closely following former President Barack Obama's.
>> And one option that the Obama administration did not want to pursue was striking launch sites. The Trump administration has also not sought to shoot down or destroy missiles before they're launched and so far taken the same approach the Obama administration did which is to let these tests happens.
The risk of going in and trying to intervene militarily to stop a test is too great given the unpredictable nature of the regime. Affirmative action could trigger a war.>> The arrival Tuesday in South Korea of the US missile defense system known as THAAD just one of a range of military options now being weighed in a white house review of policy expected to be completed in the coming weeks