North Korea's Nuclear Detonation

An image from North Korea of the latest nuclear test

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. "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!"

"We have many military options, and the president wanted to be briefed on each one of them", Mattis said outside the White House.

The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.

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 U.S. open to a kind of nuclear blackmail.

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. China is a large trading partner of North Korea, but it is also the largest US trading partner in terms of goods imported and exported.

However, it appears that Kim Jong Un has forgotten who he's up against.

North Korea claimed "perfect success" in an underground test of what it called a hydrogen bomb - potentially vastly more destructive than an atomic bomb. Despite our efforts the North Korea nuclear program is more advanced and more risky than ever.

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.

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The latest provocation by Kim Jong-un sparked condemnation from the global community, with Russia, South Korea and the European Union all condemning the move.

Trump's threat to halt all economic ties with any country that does business with North Korea amounts to his biggest trade salvo to date and would be almost impossible to pull off without having enormous implications for the USA economy.

Asked about Mr Turnbull's call for China to do more, a foreign ministry spokesman said, "for a long time China has been working relentlessly for the settlement of this issue. we keep stressing we can't rely exclusively on China".

"What the Chinese always say is there's a kind of equivalence between the South Korean/US exercises and nuclear exercises carried out by North Korea".

The leader chose not to address the test during his more than 40-minute address to the assembled leaders of Russia, India, South Africa and Brazil.

The comments follow a successful North Korean nuclear test which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning (EST).

"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.

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