US President Donald Trump condemned North Korea's nuclear test on Sunday, calling it "hostile and risky to the United States", but also berated Pyongyang's neighbors for not taking a tougher stance. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.
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.
White House officials met to discuss their strategy toward North Korea in light of the nuclear test. Mattis announced from the White House lawn that any further provocation would be met with military force.
He also appears to show increasing frustration with South Korea for failing to get North Korea to stop the nuclear testing.
He said the the regime's "words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous" to the U.S. He also called North Korea "a rogue nation".
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The U.N. Security Council is slated to hold an emergency meeting Monday in the wake of North Korea's latest act of aggression.
The move is a show of defiance against Washington and the worldwide community. His spokesman labeled it "profoundly destabilizing for regional security".
"[North Korean leader] Kim Jong-Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council's unified voice", he said Sunday. USA and South Korea officials detected an natural disaster of at least 5.7 magnitude near the blast site. At the time of Mattis' speaking, the USA does not have an increased naval or military presence in the region, though the United States and South Korea did just complete a joint war-gaming exercise.
"This is a shocking, dangerous, provocative, illegal regime that is threatening the peace and security of the region and the world and is advancing nobody's interests other than the maintenance of that one family's dictatorship of North Korea".
Theresa May, British prime minister, said: "I discussed the serious and grave threat these unsafe and illegal actions present with President Abe in Japan this week and reiterate the call we jointly made for tougher action, including increasing the pace of implementation of existing sanctions and looking urgently in the UN Security Council at new measures".
In recent interviews, experts on the topic offered CBN News their assessment of Pyongyang's nuclear abilities.
"The president wanted to be briefed on each one of them", he said.
"If you put in enough money and starve your people you can build things like this", he said.
Neighboring South Korea estimated the blast had a strength of 100 kilotons - several times more powerful than previous tests or the bombs dropped by the USA on two Japanese cities in World War II.
Hydrogen bombs use nuclear fusion, in which atoms fuse together, to release even greater amounts of energy.
If a hydrogen bomb struck NY, for example, the death toll could reach close to 3.5 million.