China fears another nuclear test, says North Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

China fears another nuclear test, says North Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

China fears another nuclear test, says North Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

China is North Korea's biggest trading partner and the country relies on it for much of its imports.

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.

The natural disaster 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.

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has said Trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States was forced to defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack.

Kilju is home to the Punggyeri nuclear site, where North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test was conducted on September 3.

North Korea's foreign minister said this week that his country could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to President Donald Trump's threats of military action.

North Koreans gather at Kim Il Sung Square to attend a mass rally against America on Saturday in Pyonyang, North Korea.

President Trump had also called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "a madman" who doesn't mind starving or killing his people'.

"We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or manmade", said the official, who asked for anonymity.

"This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean Nuclear tests. S. dotard with fire".

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Sunday, Trump responded to Ri's United Nations speech with another threat, tweeting that if Ri "echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"

"Trump, the president of so-called "power, ' is mad enough to wag his tongue without any consideration that he would 'totally destroy" a sovereign state".

"Trump's rubbish is the open declaration of war against our supreme dignity, state, social system and people, and an unpardonable extra-large provocation", the report said, adding that "the U.S. warmongers will face unimaginable consequences".

Ri said Trump's bombast had made "our rockets' visit to the entire US mainland inevitable", and linked it to the Trump's insulting shorthand references to Kim.

"It is a foolish misjudgment if Trump's gang thinks that America is safe because it's far away from the Korean Peninsula".

China's trade with North Korea rose in August to its highest since December 2016, data showed on Saturday, even after the United Nations slapped tougher sanctions on Pyongyang in a bid to choke off a third of its $3 billion in annual export revenue.

And it's possible that North Korea is able to undermine them.

China's Ministry of Commerce said Saturday it would limit refined petroleum exports starting October 1 and ban the import of North Korean textiles immediately. Earlier this month the UN Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions on Pyongyang to counter its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs.

In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and flight escorts flew on Saturday to the farther point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century.

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