Trump threatens to stop trade with countries doing business with N. Korea

Kim Jong-un

Earlier monitors measured a 6.3-magnitude tremor near its main testing site, which South Korean experts reportedly said was almost 10 times more powerful than the 10-kiloton test carried out a year ago.

"President Trump and I shared the view that we can not overlook North Korea's reckless act and that the global community must show its resolve by applying stronger pressure than had so far been used", Abe told reporters after the call.

"North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test".

There was no independent confirmation that the detonation was a hydrogen bomb, rather than a less powerful atomic device, but Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tokyo could not rule out such a possibility.

In Washington, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was preparing a package of economic sanctions to do that - measures "that would go as far as cutting off all trade and other business" with the North.

"China's government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Mr Trump, asked by a reporter during a trip to church services if he would attack the North, said: "We'll see".

"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", Trump tweeted.

In Europe, French president Emmanuel Macron led the charge for members of the United Nations Security Council "to react quickly" to North Korea's latest provocation.

Russia, meanwhile, called for calm as it criticised Pyongyang.

"Military options [are] not viable", it also said.

"They only understand one thing!" "History says otherwise", it added.

North Korea's state-run television broadcast a special bulletin to announce the test, and said Kim attended a meeting of the ruling party's presidium and signed the go-ahead order.

Anti-war organization International Crisis Group similarly weighed in, saying, "The int'l community should not rule out talking to North Korea but rather direct its energy toward negotiations".

Merkel and Macron agreed that North Korea was "trampling" on worldwide law and that the global community needed to react "decisively and cohesively" to counter this latest escalation, Efe news reported.

In addition, said Lassina Zerbo, executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the test "underlines yet again the urgent need for the global community to act on putting in place a legally binding ban on nuclear testing once and for all". About 90 percent of North Korean exports go to China.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, meeting on the sidelines of a Beijing-led economic summit, agreed "to adhere to the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, have close communication and coordination and properly respond" to the test.

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