'Massive military response' if North Korea attacks U.S., defence chief threatens

'Massive military response' if North Korea attacks U.S., defence chief threatens

'Massive military response' if North Korea attacks U.S., defence chief threatens

After Pyongyang tested a nuclear weapon Sunday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said the US has "many military options" on North Korea and threatened Pyongyang with "a massive military response" if a US territory or US allies are targeted.

"We have many military options and the president wanted to be briefed on each one of them", Mattis said.

"Our commitment among the allies are ironclad", Mr Mattis said.

Meeting in China hours after North Korea's test, Mr Xi and Mr Putin "resolutely agreed" to the goal of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, and "properly handling" the new situation, a statement from China's foreign ministry said.

President Trump convened his national security team after Kim Jong-un's successful test of a hydrogen bomb that North Korea can supposedly attach to a long-range missile, The Washington Post reported.

"We have many military options".

South Korean officials watch news broadcasts showing North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, at the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul on September 3, 2017.

The latest provocation by Kim Jong-un sparked condemnation from the worldwide community, with Russia, South Korea and the European Union all condemning the move.

He later floated the idea that the USA could halt all trade with nations that did not sever economic links with North Korea.

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The bomb was created to be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the North said. However, Trump said after the latest missile test that negotiations with Pyongyang were "not the answer".

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Japan also raised the prospect of further sanctions, saying curbs on North Korea's oil trade would be on the table. Moon is also pursuing a diplomatic route to contain the threat from North Korea.

And then ground troops would be needed in far greater numbers that are now available to take control of sites inside North Korea where nuclear weapons might survive a first strike.

The blast was the most powerful yet from a North Korean nuclear explosion and Pyongyang said the test was a "complete success".

China's Foreign Ministry said it would work with the worldwide community to implement United Nations sanctions.

The council announced it would be having an emergency meeting to discuss the developments.

US President Donald Trump condemned North Korea's nuclear test on Sunday, calling it "hostile and unsafe to the United States", but also berated Pyongyang's neighbors for not taking a tougher stance.

Kazianis said Kim claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb previous year, but most experts were dismissive, arguing instead the North might have had a more powerful atomic bomb.

An H-bomb, also known as a thermonuclear device, would be immeasurably more destructive.

Trump also earlier said over social media that the US was mulling ceasing trade with countries that did business with North Korea, a move that would halt commerce with China and numerous other major trade partners.

"This is a shocking, dangerous, provocative, illegal regime that is threatening the peace and security of the region and the world and is advancing nobody's interests other than the maintenance of that one family's dictatorship of North Korea".

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