White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer referred to North Korea's April 15 missile launch as an "unsuccessful military attack."
"Watching another unsuccessful military attack ensures that we continue to keep safe not just South Korea -- other areas of the region safe -- but it is good for the world," he said during an interview on "Fox & Friends" on April 17, reports the Daily Mail.
Spicer added that President Donald Trump is prepared to respond if prompted, but refused to provide specific information.
"We're prepared for multiple contingencies," he said. "This president has been very clear that he's not going to telegraph his response to any particular threat before it needs to happen."
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The White House has yet to officially comment on Spicer's remarks.
His words come shortly after Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea that "the era of strategic patience is over," prompting some to wonder if the U.S. purposefully interfered with the launch.
"President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change," he said, The Guardian reports.
Later, Pence addressed U.S. military personnel in Seoul, South Korea.
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"This morning's provocation from the North is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world," he said.
Shortly after Spicer's interview on Fox, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway seemed to elaborate on his words.
"[Pence] made very clear that the administration would like to go through peaceful means," Conway said. "But between the airstrikes in Syria and Afghanistan, this administration has made very clear that it will take action when it feels it is appropriate."
She adds if North Korea launches more missiles, Trump will "do what he always does, which is consult with his National Security Council, his generals, his cabinet."
The Trump administration's threats have alarmed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who warned that the U.S. is on a "risky" path.
"We do not accept the reckless nuclear missile actions of Pyongyang that breach UN resolutions, but that does not mean that you can break international law," he said. "I hope that there will not be any unilateral actions like the one we saw recently in Syria."