Quake detected near North Korea nuclear test zone 'occurred naturally'
25 September 2017, 01:04 | Hattie Nash
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The implementation of sanctions on Kim Jong Un regime is based on the UN Security Council's (UNSC) unanimous approval to the new sanctions on North Korea to ban all oilimports and freeze global assets of the government and its defiant leader, in response to Pyongyang's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on September 3.
"There is no confirmed evidence provided at this time, whether there was an actual test explosion out of North Korea or a natural quake", Guam Homeland Security officials said in a statement".
US President Donald Trump has threatened Kim Jong-un with a regime change, after North Korea's foreign minister gave a speech to the United Nations calling the American businessman "mentally deranged".
The US president, the foreign minister said, would "pay dearly" for his speech, in which he also said he would "totally destroy" North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies.
The United States Geological Survey was neutral in its assessment on the cause of the tremor, which it recorded as a 3.5 magnitude quake, saying in a statement that it could not "conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event".
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have ratcheted up after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test September 3, prompting the United Nations to impose even tougher sanctions last week. None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission.
"It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the DPRK would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces", he said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
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South Korea's weather agency said it was analyzing the nature of the quake and its initial view was that it was a natural. Digital equipment at sea will be permanently damaged if Pyongyang detonates an electronic bomb, according to Seo.
North Korea's major diplomatic ally and trading partner announced curtailing the exports of refined petroleum to two million barrels per year.
All of North Korea's six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 4.3 or above.
Atmospheric tests of nuclear-armed missiles, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported, are unsafe for a host for reasons, including the potential for sending nuclear fallout in unpredictable patterns and, if a test were to be administered by North Korea, in the direction of the U.S.
A day earlier, Kim reacted to Trump's provocative speech at the U.N.by equating the USA president to "a frightened dog" and a "mentally deranged US dotard", employing an obscure insult for someone declining into senility. "S. dotard with fire". It said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Korea's "reckless behavior".
"The president has said all the options are on the table".
China is imposing new limits on trade with North Korea after the isolated country's latest nuclear test.
Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year and sales of liquefied natural gas banned outright, effective January 1, the Commerce Ministry said.
And it's possible that North Korea is able to undermine them. It would ban exports of liquefied natural gas to the North immediately as well. Earlier this month the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions on Pyongyang to counter its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. On Thursday, the US unveiled its own set of economic sanctions targeting North Korea.
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