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South Korea, U.S. gear up for drills after North’s nuke test

Sep 04, 2017, 5:18 AM EDT
South Korea has beefed up its controversial U.S.-made Thaad missile defense system.
(Source: UNC - CFC - USFK/flickr)

South Korea announced on Monday that it plans to conduct more military drills with the U.S. as tensions spiral on the Korean peninsula after the North tested a hydrogen bomb, which it claims, is designed to fit on to a long-range missile.

Pyongyang’s sixth and the most powerful nuclear test on Sunday created ripples across the globe with the U.S. vowing to meet any threat with "a massive military response," writes the BBC. South Korea beefed up its controversial U.S.-made Thaad missile defense system and simulated attacks amid apprehensions that the North may launch more missiles.

The U.N. Security Council could now consider a raft of economic sanctions on the reclusive state such as banning its textile exports, blocking oil supplies, blacklisting N. Korean officials among others, notes Reuters.

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