>> President Donald Trump reigniting his war of words with Kim Jong-un on Wednesday. Trump tweeting, talking is not the answer in the wake of North Korea's latest missile test, even as the Pentagon tried to keep the focus on diplomacy. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, meeting with his South Korean counterpart and directly contradicting the President.
>> Are we out of diplomatic solutions for North Korea?>> No, we're never out of diplomatic solutions. We continue to work together. And the Minister and I share a responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations, our populations, and our interests.>> Tuesday's launch of a ballistic missile directly over Japan, widely seen as a show of defiance by Kim after Trump warned of, quote, fire and fury if Kim threatened the US or its allies.
Trump also saying in his tweet Wednesday, quote, the US has been talking to North Korea and paying them extortion money for 25 years. That, an apparent reference to more than $1.3 billion in US food and energy relief given to Pyongyang from 1995 to 2008, under an earlier nuclear deal violated by North Korea.
With US partners in the region back on high alert, Reuters has learned Japan is worried the US has so far to climb to arm it with a powerful new radar system, known as Spy 6, that Tokyo says is crucial to a new land-based missile defense system. Also on Wednesday, the US Military said it conducted a, quote, complex missile defense flight test from the USS John Paul Jones, successfully intercepting a medium range ballistic missile target near Hawaii.