Despite the UN Security Council adopting its toughest resolution yet against North Korea over its latest nuclear test and repeated missile launches, a Russian political analyst warned that Pyongyang can weather any further sanctions, and that a different approach is required to sway the opinion of the North Korean leadership.
"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted.
On Thursday, U.S. secretary of state Tillerson called on China, Pyongyang's only ally, and Russian Federation to apply more pressure on North Korea by "taking direct actions of their own".
"Mattis and Onodera agreed that the North Korean provocation called for a strong demonstration of a unified front between the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and agreed on the importance of robust trilateral defence cooperation between the three nations", he said.
"Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile".
Mattis told reporters on his way to Mexico that as a result of the North Korean missile test, tens of millions of Japanese people were seen going into duck and cover, which was the second time that they've had to do that since World War II.
Experts have long questioned if the USA could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border.
"I don't think that he'll stray too much outside of the boundaries of that", Collins said.
Trump said America and its allies will never be intimidated.
The missile on Friday traveled 2,300 miles as it flew over Japan on Friday before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean.
Global equities investors largely shrugged off the latest missile test by North Korea as shares on Wall Street set new highs on Friday.
Trump has also threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats.
Russia's U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said the United States needed to begin talks with North Korea, something that Washington has so far ruled out.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the DPRK leadership "to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation". But the North has ignored countless worldwide reproaches previously.