Theresa May has raised the prospect of backing military action against North Korea as she denounced the regime for its "outrageous proliferation" of nuclear weapons. Speaking at the United Nations general assembly in New York, she called for the world's leading powers to intensify efforts to force Kim Jong-un to abandon his nuclear programme, reported Inews.
The Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a "planetary catastrophe" and huge loss of life.
"Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it's a dead end," he told reporters in China, according to the Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT.
North Korea's determination to pursue its policy of becoming a nuclear power continues to endanger world peace. When Kim Jong-un's photos appeared in the international press jubilating his country's latest test of an alleged hydrogen bomb, the international community condemned North Korea for its "unlawful, irresponsible and adventurous" behavior. South Korea launched its own missile test.