The Trump administration said it would unleash a "massive military response" if North Korea threatens its territory or foreign allies and warned it might cut off China from the US economy in response to Pyongyang's nuclear weapon test on Sunday.
As the nuclear crisis reached its most treacherous flashpoint so far, President Donald Trump opened up the possibility of imposing unprecedented economic sanctions against North Korean trade partners and left open the option of war.
After briefing President Trump in an emergency national security meeting at the White House, US Defence Secretary James Mattis emerged to caution North Korea, but added it was not the world's preference to annihilate the country. "We have many military options, and the President wanted to be briefed on each one of them," Secretary Mattis said. Read More: http://www.afr.com/news/policy/defence/donald-trump-says-well-see-on-attacking-north-korea-20170903-gya0d0