WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says North Korea’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile is a ‘‘highly provocative act that threatens regional security.’’
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor (VEE'-tor) is calling the launch ‘‘another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behavior.’’
In a statement released late Tuesday, Vietor says the U.S. ‘‘remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations.’’
The United Nations, the U.S., South Korea and others see the launch as a cover for a test of technology for missiles that could be used to strike another nation with a nuclear warhead.
Vietor says the U.S. will work with other nations and the U.N Security Council ‘‘to pursue appropriate action’’ against North Korea.