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United States warns North Korea threats 'will be met with massive military response'

06 September, 2017, 11:51 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • South Korea's Meteorological Administration shows seismic activity from North Korea following the test

"China is responsible for 90 percent of North Korea's trade and North Korea has only six months of oil supplies left, there is scope to continue to put pressure on the regime".

Mattis' statement does not say the US would not strike first - it actually suggests America's military might, because it uses the word "threat" as opposed to action or attack.

Trump's Twitter wrath also was directed at the government in Seoul: "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!"

The US President Donald Trump has responded to North Korea's latest nuclear test by threatening to cut trade ties with any country that still does business with North Korea. China is a large trading partner of North Korea, but it is also the largest USA trading partner in terms of goods imported and exported.

Trump convened a White House meeting Sunday afternoon of military leaders, his national security team and Vice President Mike Pence, where Mattis said they reviewed each of the United States' military options in the Asia-Pacific.

However, the Chinese spokesman said military force should not be an option.

South Korea's presidential office also said Eui-yong spoke with United States counterpart H.R. McMaster for 20 minutes in an emergency phone call about an hour after the detonation.

"North Korea might tell the United States to not send conventional forces to South Korea, threatening to detonate nuclear weapons on USA cities if the U.S. does send those forces", Bennett said.




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

North Korea, in a broadcast on its state-run television network, confirmed it has successfully conducted tested a hydrogen bomb meant for intercontinental ballistic missiles, several media outlets reported Sunday.

North Korea relies on China for approximately 90 percent of its foreign trade, and US-China trade was estimated to be worth about $650 billion past year.

South Korea will hold a National Security Council meeting Sunday to discuss the incident, according to South Korea's Presidential office.

North Korea's actions created a potentially embarrassing situation for Xi, who is preparing for a politically sensitive gathering of the ruling Communist Party in October, at which he aims to further consolidate his power.

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.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "cruel and evil" and China could do more to stop his aggression, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday. The warning arrived after the Kim Jong-un regime reportedly tested a hydrogen bomb.

One of the ballistic missiles tested by North Korea this year.

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