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On "Special Report" tonight, Charles Krauthammer reacted to North Korea claiming it conducted its first-ever hydrogen bomb test.

Despite the fact that the White House and many others have expressed skepticism at the claim, Krauthammer said it is clearly meant to be a threat to the U.S. and our regional allies.

He said that there is no direct action that the U.S. can take against North Korea in response, as sanctions will have no effect.

"There's only one way to effect what the North Koreans do, and that is through China," Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer explained that China has no interest in putting pressure on the North Korean regime. In fact, they support them, supplying them with food and fuel.

So how does the U.S. affect China?

Krauthammer said that one way would be a simple statement declaring that the policy of the U.S. moving forward will be to look favorably upon Japan and South Korea acquiring a nuclear deterrent, offering any assistance required.

"I can assure you that will have an effect on China, which is the only player here that matters."

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