Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

China says N Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

China says N Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

South Korea's Meteorological Administration (KMA) confirmed has, however, confirmed an event of 3.0 magnitude and said it occurred in the Kilju area of North Hamgyeong Province.

The North, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of invasion by a hostile U.S., responded on Friday with a rare personal rebuke from Kim, who called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" and threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

US analysts now estimate that North Korea may have as many as 60 nuclear weapons, according to a Washington Post report.

The epicentre is roughly the same as that of a previous shallow quake on 3 September, which turned out to be caused by a North Korean nuclear test, the official Xinhua news agency said.

China accounts for some 90 per cent of the North's trade, making its cooperation critical to any efforts to derail Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

It also intends to expand the list of luxury products - much loved by top officials in Pyongyang - banned from export to the North.

The event follows a turbulent week between the USA and North Korea, with leaders Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un trading insults. One thing North Korea is extremely good at is absorbing pain.

Chinese banks received the document on Monday, the sources said.

Ri reportedly added that "We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un". They have supported the latest rounds of UN Security Council sanctions but are reluctant to push Pyongyang too hard for fear the government might collapse.

Touching on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's threat to launch highest-level countermeasures, in particular, Kang said such a remark would only deepen North Korea's isolation and called on the North to immediately come to the path of dialogue.

This week marked a new level of acrimony in a blistering war of words between Kim and Trump, with the USA leader using his maiden speech at the United Nations to warn that Washington would "totally destroy" the North if the U.S. or its allies were threatened.

"All of our endeavors are to prevent war from breaking out and maintain peace", Moon said in his speech.

There was no immediate reaction from China's Foreign Ministry. Negotiation is the only way out.

In Geneva, North Korea told a United Nations rights panel sanctions would endanger the country's children. "At this point, no matter how many sanctions are piled on, the current government of North Korea simply can not give in".

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