Mattis Threatens North Korea With 'Military Response'

US senator calls for economic sanctions on NK

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he plans to draft an even stronger sanctions package against North Korea, just a month after the USA helped the United Nations pass a new series of sanctions.

Mattis, who did not take questions from reporters, said he had attended a "small group" of national security meeting with Trump and others. South Korean President Moon Jae-In has called for engaging with Pyongyang, but has recently adopted a more hostile stance toward North Korea over its frequent missile tests.

'We made clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea and Japan, from any attacks, and our commitments among the allies are ironclad, ' he said.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has sent a chilling warning to North Korea, threatening a "massive military response" to any threat against the United States or its allies.

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This latest test - which neither NORSAR nor the United States Geological Survey has confirmed as being an actual detonation of a nuclear bomb - would represent a massive step forward in North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

The RAND Corporation's Bruce Bennett told NK News that there remained a possibility that the US might pursue some kind of military action against North Korea.

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. In 2003, Kim Jong Il withdrew North Korea from the treaty and plutonium production - previously suspended in exchange for economic aid - was resumed. It was the sixth nuclear test conducted by the communist nation, but the first to occur since Trump took office.




"The two leaders agreed to stick to the goal of denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and keep close communication and coordination to deal with the new situation", Xinhua said in a brief dispatch.

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 previous year.

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 Korea's "talk of appeasement" with North Korea will not work, Trump said, adding that Pyongyang will "only understand one thing".

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent August trading threats of mass destruction after a US intelligence report revealed North Korea had access to nuclear missiles. But the North Korean apparently thought that the president's threats were hallow.

In a pair of tweets issued Sunday morning, Trump wrote: "North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test".

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

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