Natural disaster of magnitude 3.4 detected near North Korea's nuclear test site

Mattis Says Diplomacy Best Course Against North Korea

Mattis Says Diplomacy Best Course Against North Korea

North Korea carried out a massive nuclear test on 3 September which was widely condemned at the UN.

China's earthquake administration said it had detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea that was a "suspected explosion", while an official at South Korea's meteorological agency said the initial view was that it was a natural quake.

China's central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid USA concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough over Pyongyang's repeated nuclear tests. "In this case we saw none".

An natural disaster of magnitude 3.4 was detected in North Korea on Saturday, the Chinese quake administration said.

Beijing has halted its imports of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods, implementing United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea for its provocative nuclear and missile tests.

But the country's quake monitoring centre later went on the say a magnitude 3.4 natural disaster was not the result of a fresh missile test.

North Korea said its recent nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The move escalated tensions with the USA and North Korea's neighbors, and this week its foreign minister said the regime's options included testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

That came after he spoke at the United Nations where, in a speech, he said he would "totally destroy" North Korea if its nuclear program threatened the USA or its allies.

Russian Federation tells North Korea, US 'hot heads' to calm down
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator Vern Miyagi (mee-YAHG'-ee) says an attack is not likely, but the threat can't ignored.

A senior USA diplomat says a North Korean hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific would be an "unprecedented act of aggression" by the communist nation.

Once North Korea obtains nuclear state status, it will try to negotiate with the US and South Korea for what it really wants.

Shin: I think that the main obstacles to the previous efforts to pressure North Korea were China and Russia's partial support for, and not-so-full implementation of, the sanctions.

North Korea's major diplomatic ally and trading partner announced curtailing the exports of refined petroleum to two million barrels per year.

North Korea on Friday had said it might test a hydrogen bomb on the Pacific Ocean after US President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the country, with leader Kim Jong-un promising to make a "mentally deranged" Trump pay dearly for his threats. There is also no guarantee that even extreme levels of hardship brought about by effective sanctions will produce a popular North Korean revolution.

Earlier on Saturday, China said it will limit exports of refined petroleum products from October 1 and ban exports of condensates and liquefied natural gas immediately to comply with the latest United Nations sanctions.

Stanford News Service interviewed two Stanford experts about the escalating situation between the two countries and what options leaders have on the table when it comes to North Korea.

Tillerson spoke Thursday at a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by the United States on "the acute threat" posed by the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

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