The following is an excerpt from By ADAM KELSEY ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN | November 28, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |
The comment came in remarks to reporters at the White House Tuesday after North Korea launched a ballistic missile 2,800 miles into space for an estimated 50 minutes, a U.S. official said.
The North Korean test was the country's 15th missile launch of the year and its third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Other administration officials were quick to issue reactions of their own, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson whose spokesperson labeled the test a "disappointment," but left open the possibility of a diplomatic solution.
"The DPRK’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must be reversed. Together the international community must continue to send a unified message to North Korea that the DPRK must abandon its WMD programs," read a statement from Tillerson, adding, "Diplomatic options remain viable and open, for now. The United States remains committed to finding a peaceful path to denuclearization and to ending belligerent actions by North Korea."
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