erica and its allies brushing off Chinese anger on Thursday. Top officials from the US, South Korea, and Japan speaking out on North Korea's latest provocation, now believed to have been a failed launch of an extended range SCUD missile. Top security staff from Seoul and Washington agreed to push ahead with THAAD, the controversial anti-missile system that China has repeatedly called to be shelved.
Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, also weighed in after a phone call with Donald Trump.>>
> We agreed that Northern Korea's missile launch on Wednesday was a dangerous provocation and a serious threat to Japan's national security. I told Mr. Trump that Japan will be paying close attention to Beijing's response to North Korea at the US-China Summit.
>> Also on Thursday, American's Pacific Fleet Commander told a briefing in Tokyo that diplomatic and economic steps against Pyongyang clearly aren't working. He also touched briefly on the issue of a preemptive strike, saying any move in that direction would be down to President Trump.>> Our country