Russian Federation tells North Korea, US 'hot heads' to calm down

The central bank document asked banks to fully implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea

The central bank document asked banks to fully implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea

A shallow 3.5-magnitude quake hit North Korea near the country's nuclear test site Saturday, US seismologists said, in what China's seismic service said was a "suspected explosion", but Seoul deemed it a "natural earthquake".

South Korea's meteorological agency said the natural disaster was detected in Kilju county of Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggyeri nuclear site is located.

But the official from the South Korean agency said the analysis of seismic waves and the lack of sound waves clearly showed that the quake was not caused by an artificial explosion.

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The administration said in a statement on its website that the quake, which occurred around 0830 GMT, was recorded a depth of zero kilometres.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator Vern Miyagi (mee-YAHG'-ee) says an attack is not likely, but the threat can't ignored. The last test on September 3 registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake.

While the cause remains unknown, alternative explanations suggested by North Korea analysts include tunnel collapses at the testing site.

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"We have to calm down the hot heads", Lavrov said, adding that he was convinced a Russian-Chinese proposal could still pave the way for a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis.

"US missile defence capability is built to go against North Korea's threat", Hyten said.

"Two #Seismic Events! 0829UTC & much smaller @ 0443UTC unlikely Man-made!"

Beijing's appeal came as a war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un escalated, with the young North Korean leader calling the 71-year-old American president a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

It mentioned, among a string of examples, how People's Daily had said North Korea's weapons program was "a noose put around its own neck".

Mr Trump also said China was imposing major banking sanctions, but there was no immediate confirmation from the North's most important trading partner.

The pair had swapped insults, with Mr Trump calling the North Korean a suicidal "rocket man" and being labelled "mentally deranged" and "a dotard" in return.

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