US Threatens 'Massive Military Response' Against North Korea

Trump declined to dismiss the possibility of a USA attack on North Korea, responding to a reporter's question by saying only, "We'll see".

After a small group of national security members held a meeting with US President Donald Trump and the Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday in view of the latest provocation on the Korean Peninsula, Mattis briefed the media about the same.

South Korea's meteorological agency said Sunday's explosion was as much as six times the size of the fifth nuclear test, in September a year ago, and 11 times the size of the January 2016 detonation.

"I did speak with the president", Mnuchin also said Sunday.

"The government confirms that North Korea conducted a nuclear test after examining information from the weather agency and other information", according to Taro Kono, Japan's foreign minister. Despite our efforts the North Korea nuclear program is more advanced and more risky than ever.

"It is significantly hurting regional and global peace and stability", he added.

Mr Mattis was speaking after Pyongyang announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to a long-range missile.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry released a statement urging North Korea "to face up to the firm will of the worldwide community on the denuclearization of the peninsula. stop taking wrong actions that exacerbate the situation and are not in its own interest, and return to the track of resolving the issue through dialogue".

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Sunday's nuclear test.

President Moon Jae In said his country would not allow its neighbor to continue to advance its nuclear and missile technologies.

The aim of stronger sanctions was to draw North Korea into dialogue, they said.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China have nuclear arsenals composed of hydrogen weapons; Israel, India, and Pakistan are generally believed to have nuclear weapons that use only nuclear fission.

South Korea's military also said it had carried out a combined live-fire exercise targeting the North's nuclear testing site and involving the Hyunmoo ballistic missile and F-15K fighter jets. Trump said in the first of several tweets about Sunday's test.

'But as I said, we have many options to do so, ' he added.

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.

O'Carroll said he expects North Korea to soon launch a new test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a long-range trajectory of thousands of miles into the Pacific Ocean. It said leader Kim Jong Un attended a meeting of the ruling party's presidium and signed the go-ahead order.