Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday confirmed that North Korea test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile and called for "global action" to cut off the rogue regime.
The United States will take the issue to the United Nations Security Council and press for stronger sanctions to hold North Korea accountable, Tillerson said in a written statement.
"Global action is required to stop a global threat. Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime," he said.
Tillerson's statement appeared to reference and take a stronger tack with China. It has maintained economic ties to the regime, and the administration has been hoping it might intervene in the growing crisis.
But China and Russia reached a joint agreement earlier Tuesday that the U.S. should remove a missile shield from South Korea and stop large-scale military drills to reduce tensions on the peninsula. Both countries have emerged as key competitors against the U.S. vying for influence in the Asia-Pacific and eastern Europe.
Trump did not directly mention the ICBM launch during a brief Fourth of July speech praising troops at the White House but did refer to ongoing challenges.
"And I want to just tell you that our country is doing really, really well no matter where you look. The economy is blazing and on every front we are doing well," Trump said. "And we do have challenges but we will handle those challenges, believe me."