North Korea may have conducted sixth nuclear test

Mattis was most likely referring to the U.S. military's roughly 28,000 troops located in South Korea and its massive presence in Japan and in the Pacific.

And his Defence Secretary has warned of a "massive military response" if the regime targets the USA or any of its allies.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea's "nuclear and missile development programs pose a new level of a grave and immediate threat" and "seriously undermines the peace and security of the region".

North Koreans watch a giant television in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017.

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.

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

Asked as he left church services whether he was planning to attack North Korea after a nuclear test that defied his blunt warnings, Trump told reporters, "We'll see".

North Korea may have conducted sixth nuclear test

He later added his administration is considering halting all trade with countries doing business with North Korea.

The communist regime's state-run media hailed the nation's sixth nuclear test as a "perfect success". "But as I said we have many options to do so".

A foreign ministry spokesman said later that it had launched "stern representations with the person in charge of the North Korean embassy in China".

"We strongly urge the DPRK (North Korea) to face the strong will of denuclearization from the global community, earnestly abide by the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, stop taking mistaken actions which worsen the situation and are also not in line with its own interests, and effectively return to the track of solving the problem through dialogue", it added.

"It isn't ludicrous to think that the North Koreans, even though their economy is one-third the size of Ethiopia, can do this", said Harry Kazianis who heads up defense studies at the Center for National Interest. Trump said in the first of several tweets about Sunday's test.

This afternoon, Mattis said that Kim Jong Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council's unified voice.

"We have many military options and the president wanted to be briefed on each one of them", Mattis said in a statement outside of the White House on Sunday after meeting with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and military leaders. The statement was in direct response to North Korea's successful test of a powerful nuclear device just before midnight Saturday night. The Kim regime asserted that it had the capability to fix the weapon onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.



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