South Korea says natural North Korea quake detected


The 3.4 magnitude quake that hit North Korea on Saturday is said to have been caused by a fresh nuclear test.

Beijing has halted its imports of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods, implementing United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea for its provocative nuclear and missile tests.

The nuclear club consists of nine nations: China, France, India, Israel (although they have never publicly admitted to having an arsenal), Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Until now, the North has not tested its missiles and nuclear weapons together, opting instead to fire them separately - the missiles above ground and the nuclear weapons below.

That's because North Korea isn't seeking economic dominance.

Wilbur Ross thinks that the People's Bank of China telling Chinese banks to stop doing business with North Korea was a "very powerful message".

Because of that many experts don't think North Korea would take such a risk. A South Korean expert said the quake could have been caused by geological stress created from the recent nuclear explosion.

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Zarif was quoted by the ministry as saying that Iran is opposed to the development of nuclear weapons, including nuclear tests.

Satellite photos of the area after the September 3 quake showed numerous landslides apparently caused by the massive blast, which North Korea said was an advanced hydrogen bomb.

Jeffrey Lewis, the director of an East Asia program at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, told The New York Times that if North Korea were to lose China's support, "the last thing you would do in that situation is give up your independent nuclear capability".

On Thursday Trump announced new USA sanctions that he said allows the targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea. However, the Yonhap News Agency reported that while one of the South Korean missiles accurately struck its target in the ocean, the other broke up shortly after liftoff and crashed into the sea.

Calling it a direct violation of the U.N. Charter, as well as a U.N. Security Council resolution that specifically prohibit the communist state from any nuclear or missile activities, the South Korean president called for efforts to completely denuclearize the North. The locations are around 50 kilometers away (more than 30 miles) from the site of previous nuclear tests, the group said.

The ban on textile imports will be effective from today, it said.

"So far, I don't know that the sanctions have had much of an impact on the average North Korean", Snyder said.