Trump weighs 'severe' response to N. Korea ICBM test

Trump weighs 'severe' response to N. Korea ICBM testPresident Donald Trump said Thursday he was considering a “pretty severe” response to North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test, even as his defense secretary said the United States is still seeking a diplomatic solution to the standoff. International divisions on how to contain the North Korean threat continued to sharpen, meanwhile, as Russia blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for fresh sanctions and China appealed for a scaling down of rhetoric. Washington has led the push for tougher sanctions in response to the milestone in Pyongyang’s drive to threaten the US mainland with a nuclear strike, and Trump has also warned he is ready to use force if necessary.

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