China to cut oil exports, ban textile imports from North Korea


National geological agencies could not confirm on Saturday what caused an natural disaster in North Korea at the same site where it had conducted a nuclear test.

A magnitude 3.0 quake has been detected in North Korea around where a nuclear test recently took place but it has been assessed as natural, South Korea's weather agency said.

Numerous scientific agencies on both sides of the Pacific detected an quake Saturday near the site where North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, at first prompting speculation of another weapons test, before a consensus appeared to emerge that the tremor was a natural occurrence.

Kim Dong-yub, a former South Korean military official who is now an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said it's more likely that the North's next significant launch would be a full-range test of an unarmed Hwasong-14 ICBM.

China's natural disaster administration suggests that the mild quake was caused by a suspected explosion.

Under leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea has made rapid progress in its weapons programmes, and it launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July that appeared to bring much of the United States mainland into range.

In the past earthquakes in North Korea have indicated nuclear tests by the nation, which is now sparring with the United States over weapons capabilities.

A secondary tremor detected after that test could have been caused by the collapse of a tunnel at the mountainous site, experts said at the time.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapons test to date earlier this month, detonating a staged thermonuclear weapon - a hydrogen bomb - with an explosive yield potentially in excess of 300 kilotons, much larger than anything the North has tested before. A South Korean expert said the quake could have been caused by geological stress created from the recent nuclear explosion.

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The quake came just hours after North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested on Friday that the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test.

Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations General Assembly.

"At present, management of North Korea-related business has become an issue of national-level politics and national security", according to the document seen by the sources.

There was no immediate reaction from China's Foreign Ministry, but the news was widely reported by Chinese state media outlets and on social media.

It imposes a 180-day ban on vessels and aircraft that have visited North Korea from visiting the US.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho wouldn't have spoken without approval from Pyongyang's top leadership when he suggested to reporters in NY on Friday that the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test to fulfill the vows of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

In a series of meetings this week at the United Nations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reiterated to various foreign counterparts that apart from sanctions, the resolutions also call for dialogue to resume and that this needs to happen.

China has moved to limit North Korea's oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday. "The opening offer that the regime has offered is they want the United States to abandon their hostile policy toward North Korea". Trump should not follow in Truman's footsteps and commit the United States to waging war again in Korea.