North Korea's launch of an ICBM is a clear and sharp military escalation. The United States is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies. One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them, if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.
We have other methods of addressing those who threaten us, and of addressing those who supply the threats. We have great capabilities in the area of trade. Much of the burden of imposing UN sanctions rests with China. 90% trade with North Korea is from China. We will work with China.
We will work with any and every country that believes in peace. But we will not repeat the inadequate approaches of the past, that have brought us to this dark day.