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United Kingdom looking at all measures to pressure North Korea: PM May's spokeswoman

United Kingdom looking at all measures to pressure North Korea: PM May's spokeswoman

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Sunday said Washington's military response would be "massive" if North Korea threatened the United States, Guam or its allies.

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.

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.

"Mattis seems to be informing North Korea - and others - that the USA now has no plans to "annihilate" North Korea but that does not mean the United States lacks the capability to do so", director of intelligence John Grisafi said.

North Korea's state-run broadcaster said on Sunday that the country had successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto its new intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The EU said it would also consider tougher sanctions and South Korea vowed to push for the most powerful sanctions yet at the UN Security Council, which is to discuss the test on Monday.

North Korea may have conducted sixth nuclear test

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. Despite our efforts the North Korea nuclear program is more advanced and more risky than ever.

It was the North's sixth nuclear test since 2006, but the first since Donald Trump took office in January.

"Our message to the Chinese is that we think there's more scope for you to put economic pressure on the North Koreans". But the North Korean apparently thought that the president's threats were hallow.

But others have cautioned that the Kim Jong Un regime must be taken at its word because no one can be certain they have a nuclear-tipped missile that works until they actually try to hit something with one. Trump had promised to bring "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to test its nuclear program. The statement questioned the growing global call for more sanctions, noting that sanctions so far had "not led to any positive outcome".

Despite new threats from the Trump administration, the U.S. still has no real, practical military option on North Korea, analysts say.

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. The North Koreans claim it is the strongest yet with the missile capable of reaching the continental United States.



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