Quake detected near N Korea nuclear test site

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Quake detected near N Korea nuclear test site

A small quake near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday was probably not manmade, the nuclear proliferation watchdog and a South Korean official said, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one.

China's central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid us concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough over Pyongyang's repeated nuclear tests.

China's natural disaster administration detected a 3.4-magnitude quake, which it called a "suspected explosion".

USA analysts now estimate that North Korea may have as many as 60 nuclear weapons, according to a Washington Post report.

The UN Sanctions followed recent missile and nuclear tests by the North Korean regime violating the previous resolutions.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 20 kilometres (12 miles) away from the North's nuclear test site, where earlier this month Pyongyang detonated its sixth and largest device, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb capable of being launched on a missile. It measured the quake at 3.5 magnitudes on the Richter scale.

Wang Yi also told the annual U.N. General Assembly that China was committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and there should be no new nuclear weapons north or south of the border, or elsewhere in Northeast Asia.

Moreover, Washington has ratcheted up its use of bellicose language-with President Donald Trump threatening to "totally destroy North Korea" earlier this week.

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.

"This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean Nuclear tests".

In the almost three weeks since, as leaders of North Korea and the United States have exchanged insults, the world has braced itself for another show of force by the North.

The world hasn't seen an above-ground, atmospheric nuclear test since an inland detonation by China in 1980, and North Korea upending that could push the region dangerously close to war.

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".

Earlier on Saturday, China said it will limit exports of refined petroleum products from October 1 and ban exports of condensates and liquefied natural gas immediately to comply with the latest United Nations sanctions. "The opening offer that the regime has offered is they want the United States to abandon their hostile policy toward North Korea". Given that North Korea will continue its efforts to become a nuclear state, and given that military options are not viable, we may have to find a way to live with a nuclear North Korea.

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