Trump touts US 'nuclear capabilities' as option for dealing with North Korea in call with Japan

The White House on Sunday published a readout of President Donald Trump's talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that listed "nuclear capabilities" as an option for dealing with North Korean aggression.

The readout, in which both leaders recommitted themselves to mutual protection in light of North Korea's sixth nuclear-weapons test just hours earlier, included another promise from the US president.

"President Trump reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to defending our homeland, territories, and allies using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal," the readout said.

The mention of "nuclear capabilities" was the strongest reaction from the administration Sunday. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned of a "massive" and "overwhelming" military response to North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, but stopped short of touting the US's nuclear capabilities.

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TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 03: Pedestrians walk past a monitor showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in a news program reporting on North Korea's 6th nuclear test on September 3, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. South Korea, Japan and the U.S. detected an artificial earthquake from Kilju, northern Hamgyong Province of North Korea. State news agency KCNA announced Pyongyang have successfully carried out a test of a hydrogen bomb, which could be loaded to the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) missile. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
Residents look up at a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing the image of a document signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to carry out a hydrogen bomb test on September 3, 2017. North Korea declared itself a thermonuclear power on September 3, after carrying out a sixth nuclear test more powerful than any it has previously detonated, presenting President Donald Trump with a potent challenge. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. North Korea declared itself a thermonuclear power on September 3, after carrying out a sixth nuclear test more powerful than any it has previously detonated, presenting President Donald Trump with a potent challenge. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents react as they watch the televised annoucement on a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. North Korea declared itself a thermonuclear power on September 3, after carrying out a sixth nuclear test more powerful than any it has previously detonated, presenting President Donald Trump with a potent challenge. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The talk between Trump and Abe come just days after North Korea launched a missile that flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

In his own statement earlier Sunday, the Japanese prime minister reiterated his country's intentions to enforce international resolutions that prohibit nuclear tests and to use other diplomatic measures to rein in Kim Jong Un's regime.

Read the White House's entire statement below:

"President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to discuss North Korea’s claimed test of a hydrogen bomb, on September 3. The two leaders condemned North Korea’s continued destabilizing and provocative actions, confirmed the two countries’ ironclad mutual defense commitments, and pledged to continue close cooperation. President Trump reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to defending our homeland, territories, and allies using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal."

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