South Korea To Enhance Missile Defences In Wake Of North Korea Threat

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and has recently threatened to land missiles near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

The White House did not mention the voluntary bilateral agreement but said the two leaders agreed to strengthen their defence cooperation and South Korea's defence capabilities.

The Australian and South Korean government have released statements calling for the UN Security Council to impose harsher sanctions against North Korea.

Japan and South Korea said it was around 10 times more powerful than the tremor picked up after the last test a year ago.French President Emmanuel Macron urged the United Nations Security Council to react quickly and decisively."The global community must treat this new provocation with the utmost firmness, in order to bring North Korea to come back unconditionally to the path of dialogue and to proceed to the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear and ballistic programme", he said in a statement.China, the only North Korean ally that is a permanent member of the Security Council, urged its neighbour to stop "wrong" actions that worsen the situation.

Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the North's ruling Workers' Party, issued sarcastic remarks in a commentary on Saturday (2 September), saying the allies' military drills to detect and destroy the reclusive state's transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) was nothing by "laughable".

North Korea state television said in the afternoon that Pyongyang had tested a hydrogen bomb, and that the test was a "complete success".

China's Foreign Ministry has released a statement "resolutely condemning" North Korea's nuclear test.

Strategic assets refer to nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines and strategic bombers.

After the latest missile test, however, Trump said that negotiations with Pyongyang were "not the answer".

Trump made his remarks to reporters while visiting hurricane-hit Houston a day after he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and struck a deal allowing Seoul access to longer-range missiles as well as a potential arms sale. South Korea's weather agency says the apparent detonation set off a magnitude 5.7 natural disaster, making the blast five to six times stronger than the North's fifth test in September 2016.

Based on those measurements, Sunday's test was five to six times more powerful than the fifth and 11.8 times more powerful than the fourth, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

  • Tracy Klein