'Earthquake' in North Korea Indicates Nuclear Test: China

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-North Korea nuclear crisis, no one can be sure where this would lead or whether the North will even carry out its threat.

China's quake administration agency said on Saturday it had detected a magnitude 3.4 natural disaster in North Korea that was a "suspected explosion".

The quake was detected in an area around Kilju, in northeastern North Korea, just 6 kilometers northwest of where the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, according to an official from Seoul's Korea Meteorological Administration.

They were responding Friday to reports that North Korea's foreign minister had said his country might conduct such a test.

The Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website that China would 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. He said in a telephone interview that the North likely would do a couple of trial runs with unarmed missiles in coming months before performing the test with an actual H-bomb aboard.

"This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean", he told reporters in response to a question about what action the North Korean regime might take against the U.S.

Wang told Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in NY that the situation on the Korean peninsula was getting increasingly serious and all sides needed to remain calm.

He says Trump's threat to totally destroy North Korea shows the president takes "very seriously" his responsibility to protect Americans.

Iran successfully launches ballistic missile defying U.S. warnings
As a result, Washington has tightened sanctions on Iran - rather than loosen them, as the JCPOA was meant to accomplish. France said on Saturday it was extremely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile test and called on U.N.

In an escalation of the war of words between the United States and North Korea, Trump sent a pre-dawn tweet Friday saying, "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!"

Where are the world's nuclear weapons? "This is an intolerable prospect that no other country in the worldwide community can abide".

Earlier US president Donald Trump lashed out at Kim during a rally speech in Alabama. "The Hwasong-12 has been flight tested just six times, three of which ended in failure".

Ri made the comment to reporters at the United Nations and added that any potential action would have to be approved by Kim Jong Un.

"They have done insane things and tend to carry through with what they have said", Kristensen said in an email exchange.

President Trump has accused China of not putting enough pressure on Kim's regime to step back from its sabre-rattling.

"We are engaging with North Korea's most important supporters; economic supporters; their friends, China and Russian Federation, to have them also engage with Kim Jong Un on this issue", he said.

Japanese defence officials believe the missile has a range of up to 5,000 kilometres. It said almost 80% went to China. "It would violate longstanding worldwide norms and would be a major challenge to the US and Japan, in the latter case because it would overfly Japan's territory".

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