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Military tensions rise as the world responds to North Korea's nuclear threat
September 21 2017, 09:14 | Irvin Gilbert
President Trump confirmed the nuclear test
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, standing in front of the White House this afternoon after the latest and largest nuclear test carried out by North Korea, said the United States has many military options for dealing with Kim Jong Un's provocations and that President Donald J. Trump wanted to be briefed on each one.
An image from North Korea of the latest nuclear test..
It had a yield of 50 megatons, making it 3,800 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. NORSAR based their estimate upon seismological data from their observatory at Kjeller, Norway. We really don't see an easy military solution - the distance between North Korea and Seoul is very small.
It would not be the first time North Korea exaggerated its achievements - they wrongly claimed to have tested an H-bomb last January - but the country is not only on the right path towards achieving its ambitions, but it is doing so far quicker than anyone expected.
The most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated was the Soviet Union's "Tsar Bomba", in 1961.
North Korea just tested their most powerful nuclear bomb yet and caused an quake 10 times more powerful than their last test. On Sunday, however, his government denounced North Korea's latest test and vowed to push for more United Nations sanctions aimed at further isolating Seoul's communist neighbor.
"All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses, and they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", he said. "We are not looking to the total annihilation" of North Korea. Trump declined to dismiss the possibility of a USA attack on North Korea, responding to a reporter's question by saying only, "We'll see".
After speaking with Trump on Sunday morning, Mnuchin called North Korea's nuclear test "unacceptable behavior" and said the United States was likely to impose stricter sanctions on Kim Jong Un's government and further pressure China, in particular, to "cut off" North Korea.
Leading the deluge of condemnation by world leaders was president Donald Trump of US who branded the North "a rogue nation" whose "words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous" to the United States.
"North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success", he wrote.
And South Korea also responded with a live-fire simulation of an attack on the dumpy despot's test site.
Meanwhile, world leaders, including those from France, Russia and China, also condemned Sunday's test. South Korea issued a warning, as part of its own reaction.
South Korean officials estimated that the latest bomb contained five times more power than the atomic bomb the USA detonated in Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, The Wall Street Journal reported.