In an interview with the Atlantic, US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham suggested that if North Korea carries out another nuclear test, there will be a 70 percent chance of the US striking Pyongyang.
"I would say there's a three in 10 chance we use the military option." If the North Koreans conduct an additional test of a nuclear bomb, I would say 70 percent," Graham said.
Describing possible hostilities with North Korea is an "all-out war against the regime," Graham warned that "there is no surgical strike option."
"So if you ever use the military option, it's not to just neutralize their nuclear facilities — you gotta be willing to take the regime completely down," he added.
Graham's remarks came just a day after US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauerts said that Washington is willing to hold talks with North Korea but not right now.
On September 3, 2017, Pyongyang claimed that it had tested a hydrogen bomb, in what became North Korea's sixth nuclear test.