Tensions are high as North Korea tests another ballistic missile

U.S. test-fires defensive missile off the coast of Hawaii.
1:26 | 08/31/17

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President trump starting with a tweet on North Korea. After the latest missile launch saying that talking is not the answer. But the secretary of defense seemed to contradict him. Here's ABC's chief global affairs correspondent, Martha Raddatz. Reporter: Off the coast of Hawaii. A fiery spray of exhaust as a defensive missile is test launched from a U.S. Warship. Successfully intercepting a medium range ballistic missile sent aloft from nearby kauai. A long planned test that could not have come at a more perfect time. North Korea today boasting of its own missile test, launched just days ago, crossing over Japanese territory before falling into the sea. Kim Jong-un calling it, quote, a meaningful prelude to containing Guam. Where thousands of U.S. Forces are based. President trump has warned north Korea that any threat to the U.S. Will be met with fire and fury. Today, he appeared to double down on a military option, tweeting that talking is not the answer. But when his secretary of defense was asked if that means we are out of diplomatic options, he quickly said, no. We're never out of diplomatic solutions. Reporter: This is not the first time that the administration is seemingly sending mixed messages, but in the end, North Korea's leader listens most carefully to only one person, Donald Trump.

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