Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Fresh nuclear test suspected for N. Korea's quake

Fresh nuclear test suspected for N. Korea's quake

US President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against North Korea this week and Chinese banks have declared that they will stop banking activity with North Korea.

A magnitude 3.4 tremor detected in North Korea thought to be a "suspected explosion", China's natural disaster administration said.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month, resulting in United Nations sanctions targeting North Korean trade and smuggling.

There have been concerns about the stability of the nuclear test site since the September 3 test. Website 38 North said satellite imagery taken after that test appeared to show landslides atop the site that were more numerous and widespread than after the previous five tests. Not only are his actions provoking the U.S., but they are alienating the only real friend he has in the world - China.

"This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat", said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, calling North Korea's weapons program "a grave threat".

An quake located near a North Korea nuclear test site may be an indication of another nuclear detonation.

Ri is due to address the United Nations later on Saturday.

The Ministry of Commerce will implement UN Security Council Resolution 2375 by halting the export of liquified natural gas and gas condensate and limit exports of refined oil, reports Xinhua news agency.

In August, China's imports from North Korea were $288.3 million, up 84.4 per cent from July and down 1 per cent from a year ago, based on data on the customs website.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

Some traders had speculated the Fed led by Chair Janet Yellen may soften its stance on raising interest rates a third time in 2017 as inflation has been stuck below its 2 percent goal and amid signs of weaker business activity in the aftermath of two hurricanes that hammered two southern USA states.

Beijing is also banning imports of textiles, one of Pyongyang's last major sources of foreign revenue.

"Donald Trump mocked Kim as a "Rocket Man" on a" suicide mission" at the UN General Assembly.

The spokesman, Lu Kang, said Beijing complies with U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The quake comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions that has raised global alarm.

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