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South Korea says natural North Korea quake detected

25 September 2017, 12:29 | Simon Arnold

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Thursday that China is "an anchor for world peace". We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event. Trump has said he won't allow it, although the far has not used military force to impede the North's progress. "The opening offer that the regime has offered is they want the United States to abandon their hostile policy toward North Korea".

The administration said in a statement on its website that the quake, which occurred around 11:30 a.m. (0330 GMT), was recorded at a depth of zero kilometres.

"A key method is to look at the seismic waves or seismic acoustic waves and the latter can be detected in the case of a manmade quake", said the South Korean official, who asked for anonymity. Over the past month, North Korea conducted its largest nuclear test and fired its longest-traveling missile. A South Korean expert said the quake could have been caused by geological stress created from the recent nuclear explosion.

However, initial assessment of the quake differed widely, with the Chinese natural disaster administration saying that it had detected a magnitude 3.4 natural disaster in North Korea that was a "suspected explosion".

European Union ambassadors on Thursday agreed on new economic sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear and missile program, going beyond the latest round of United Nations measures, officials and diplomats told Reuters.

The quake occurred about 50km (31 miles) from a nuclear test site, monitors say. Because Chinese is the main trading partner with North Korea anyway.

"Iran and the DPRK today do find themselves linked - because if the United States does leave the JCPOA, this will be the worst signal we can send to North Korea, Nebenzia said".

The latest, on September 3, when North Korea claimed it had detonated a hydrogen bomb, generated a tremor measuring at magnitudes of 5.7 to 6.3.

U.S. President Donald Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters in NY, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly and is scheduled to speak on Saturday.

Russia has condemned North Korea's latest missile test over mainland Japan, but said it is in favour of political and diplomatic settlement "on the basis of the Russian-Chinese road map".

In a statement posted on its website, Ministry of Commerce chinese reiterated terms of sanctions agreed to in NY last day, September 12, set a limit for export to North Korea of 500,000 barrels of oil products for last three months of 2017 and two million for following years.

The news agency issued a fresh report later, saying the seismic service after further study concluded the quake was natural and not the result of a nuclear test. "It is necessary not to make Trump, a source of the world's worst misfortune, survive to run amok and not to make the USA exist on this planet as it only inflicts untold suffering and misfortune upon the Korean nation and humankind".

North Korea fired a missile last week that travelled over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido and plunged into the Pacific Ocean.

The missile tests are posturing by Kim Jong Un and a clear attempt to show dominance to the United States and its allies.

North Korea has refused to stop its missile and nuclear tests, despite successive rounds of United Nations sanctions and global criticism.

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