Turning the Screws on North Korea

Kim Jong-un celebrates a missile launch

All of North Korea's six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 4.3 or above.

The first sign Pyongyang has conducted a nuclear test is usually seismic activity.

A limited amount, allowed under the United Nations resolution, would still be exported to North Korea.

China's seismic service CENC on Saturday detected a zero-depth, 3.4-magnitude natural disaster in North Korea, calling it a "suspected explosion". U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said banks doing business in North Korea would not be allowed to operate in the United States. "We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event".

"The very reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is because of the U.S.", Ri said. It could take years for some Caribbean islands to fully recover as the storm continues to move across the region with Category 3 strength. The locations are around 50 kilometers away (more than 30 miles) from the site of previous nuclear tests, the group said.

The epicenter is roughly the same as that of a previous shallow natural disaster on September 3, which turned out to be caused by a North Korean nuclear test, the official Xinhua news agency said. "So as of now, we are categorising this as a natural quake".

"We can not deny the possibility it may fly over our country", Onodera said Thursday.

"This is unprecedented, as far as we can tell", Narang said.

Park said analysts could not rule out the possibility that a natural quake occurred because of a nuclear test.

After he called the North Korean dictator a "rocket man on a suicide mission", Kim Jong-un hit back, labelling the American President a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

Where are the world's nuclear weapons?

Russian Federation urged "hot heads" to calm down on Friday as the United States admitted it felt "challenged" by North Korea's warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific and President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un traded more insults.

Asked at a regular briefing about Trump's comment, Lu said, "As far as I know, what you have mentioned just now is not consistent with the facts".

Kim hit back with a rare personal statement, in which he called Trump a "mentally deranged dotard" and threatened "results beyond his expectation" by way of retribution.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, while addressing a media briefing during the UN General Assembly in NY on Friday, urged the United States and North Korea to end their sabre-rattling and establish dialogue.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" the president wrote online Friday morning, capping a week of tough talk on foreign policy at the United Nations and in sideline meetings with world leaders.

The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies. In two July flight tests, those missiles showed potential capability to reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected. "Trump has been compared to President Truman for his Cold War rhetoric and willingness to use nuclear weapons".

The article said, "For more than seven decades since the foundation of the UN, no chief executives or diplomats including the preceding U.S. presidents have openly called for the obliteration of another state" at the UN General Assembly. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

A North Korea expert said it's clear we need more sanctions against North Korea, but fears that President Donald Trump's earlier threat to "totally destroy" the rogue nation if it attacks the USA or its allies will backfire.

North Korea has little energy production of its own, but does refine some petroleum products from crude oil it imports - which is not included in the new ban.

South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters Friday that North Korea must immediately stop such provocations and return to talks on nuclear disarmament.

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