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USA military options on North Korea 'very ugly'

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"South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"

In his remarks, Mattis said they had made clear to the president that the United States has the ability to defend itself and its allies - South Korea and Japan - from any attack.

The United States has warned that any threat from North Korea would be met with "a massive military response" as the nuclear state claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

After concluding his statement, Mattis walked away as reporters shouted follow up questions, refusing to confirm whether he believes North Korea can mount a nuclear warhead on a missile, whether it was, indeed, a hydrogen bomb, or if President Trump intends to go to war with Pyongyang.

The South would discuss deploying "the strongest strategic assets of the United States military", he cited Moon as saying - potentially a reference to tactical nuclear weapons which were withdrawn by Washington in 1991.

Kim Jong-Un was reportedly all hands on deck, watching the hydrogen bomb get loaded on top of the missile.

Trump has consistently pressed China, North Korea's primary trading partner by far, to use its considerable economic influence over Pyongyang to halt the North's nuclear buildup.

"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. And they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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North Korea's traditional ally China also denounced the test, slamming Pyongyang for ignoring worldwide condemnation of its atomic weapons program.

The U.N. Security Council is slated to hold an emergency meeting Monday in the wake of North Korea's latest act of aggression.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered the "strongest" response to the test, which was reported to have been a 6.3 magnitude seismic event taking place at 1200 Pyongyang time.

Tensions with North Korea continue to escalate, with the latest show of nuclear force allegedly the largest yet.

The US on Sunday threatened North Korea with an overwhelming military response if it attacked American interests or allies in the region following the rogue state's biggest nuclear test so far.

North Korean state media said that the nuclear test was for "the accuracy and credibility" of its "H-bomb to be placed at the payload of the ICBM".

On Setp. 4, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley asserted that the U.S. was prepared to take military action against North Korea if global sanctions did not deter the Kim regime.

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