Could North Korea fire nuclear missile over Japan?

China's natural disaster administration said Saturday it had detected a magnitude 3.4 quake in North Korea that was a "suspected explosion", raising fears the isolated state had conducted another nuclear bomb test.

The women leaders also urge the UN Secretary-General to take seriously North Korea's security concerns by supporting a widely backed proposal for North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the United States and South Korea halting its annual war drills, the world's largest ever, which rehearse surgical strikes against North Korea, "decapitation", and regime change. "In this case we saw none". We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event.

North Korea's weakest nuclear test, the first one conducted in 2006, generated a magnitude 4.3 quake.

A second tremor soon after that test was possibly caused by a "cave-in", CENC said at the time.

The North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 in what it said was the detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs. A South Korean expert said the quake could have been caused by geological stress created from the recent nuclear explosion.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Thursday that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with North Korea, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program.

Russian Federation is usually seen as relatively unimportant to most discussions about the North Korea nuclear crisis, yet it is in a unique position to help de-escalate it.

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The agency said the quake occurred around Kilju in north-eastern North Korea, about 20 kilometres south-east of the site of a nuclear test earlier this month.

Monitoring groups estimate that the nuclear test conducted in North Korea earlier this month had a yield of 250 kilotons, which is 16 times the size of the USA bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

Ri's comments followed Kim's extraordinary statement lashing out at President Trump, calling the American leader "deranged" and vowing that Trump would "pay dearly" for his threat to destroy North Korea. It is wary of the fallout it would suffer if North Korea imploded, and it wants to preserve a buffer between itself and the United States forces based in South Korea.

The DMZ is a strip of land that has divided South Korea and North Korea since 1953.

A ban on Chinese textile imports will also be implemented in line with the latest UNSC sanctions, a major source of foreign currency for Pyongyang.

September 23:China on Saturday announced that it will implement United Nations sanctions on North Korea, by cutting off oil exports to Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile developments.

The document directed banks to explain to any North Korean customers that "our bank is fulfilling our worldwide obligations and implementing United Nations sanctions against North Korea".

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