Korea of 'massive' military response

President Trump confirmed the nuclear test
President Trump confirmed the nuclear test
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06 September, 2017

"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!" he wrote on Sunday.

But the United States does have the forces such as the THAAD and Aegis missile defense systems in place to protect South Korea and Japan from a North Korean first strike, Hertling said.

In a statement on Sunday outside the White House, Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis stated, "Any threat to the United States or its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response".

Mr Trump has signalled repeatedly that he is ready to use force to stop North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons that could reach the continental US.

The Trump administration warned Sunday of a "massive military response" against North Korea and President Trump threatened to halt trade with China after Pyongyang conducted an alarmingly powerful nuclear test.

South Korean officials estimated that the latest bomb contained five times more power than the atomic bomb the US detonated in Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, The Wall Street Journal reported. The warning arrived after the Kim Jong-un regime reportedly tested a hydrogen bomb.

South Korea's finance minister, Kim Dong-yeon, said on Monday the ministry will implement policies to support financial markets if instability caused by the latest nuclear tests in the north show signs of spreading to the real economy.

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"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.

"Our message to the Chinese is that we think there's more scope for you to put economic pressure on the North Koreans".

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

Asked about Mr Trump's threat, delivered via Twitter, to end trade with any country dealing with North Korea, the spokesman said "it wasn't fair" for China tohave "our interests sanctioned and jeopardised" when China worked so hard to peacefully resolve the North Korean crisis. The statement was in direct response to North Korea's successful test of a powerful nuclear device just before midnight Saturday night.

In his brief statement to reporters, Mattis said the global community is unified in demanding the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and said the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, should know that Washington's commitment to Japan and South Korea is unshakeable. "War is never something the United States wants". The statement questioned the growing worldwide call for more sanctions, noting that sanctions so far had "not led to any positive outcome".

Bruce Bennett, a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation who specializes in North Korea, said letting Pyongyang develop a working nuclear-tipped missile leaves the United States open to a kind of nuclear blackmail.

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".


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