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South Korea says natural North Korea quake detected

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. Later, the China Earthquake Administration revised its estimation, saying the quake was not a nuclear detonation.

"Seismic waves from a natural quake have a distinct pattern", the official said.

An official of South Korea's Meteorological Agency said acoustic waves should be detected in the event of a man-made quake.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, through its executive secretary, tweeted Saturday that the activity was "unlikely man-made".

A US intelligence official and USA -based non-governmental experts said their initial assessment was that the quake was either natural or connected to North Korea's latest and largest nuclear test on Sept.3, and not caused by a new nuclear test.

South Korea's weather agency said a magnitude 3.2 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

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

The U.S. put its own sanctions on North Korea on Thursday, against banks or companies doing business with the country. "By doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets" visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more".

An image released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on August 14 shows North Korean communist dictator Kim Jong-Un while inspecting the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location.

Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy expert at MIT, said such a test could pose a danger to shipping and aircraft, even if North Korea declares a keep-out zone.

Trump has spent the last week calling Kim Jong un "rocket man", which infuriated North Korea.

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Kim said Trump's remarks "have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last". "He should have been handled a long time ago by Clinton - I won't mention the Republicans, right - by Obama". "You are protected. Nobody's going to mess with our people".

Kim earlier this week called Mr Trump "deranged" and said he would "pay dearly" for his threats. Other possible causes include landslides or the collapsing of test structures such as tunnels, said Hong Tae-kyung, a professor at the department of Earth System Sciences at Yonsei University.

Pyongyang later said it had tested a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - an assertion that no foreign government has so far confirmed.

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.

The North Korean leader said he will consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in response to Trump's threat to "totally destroy" his rogue state which Kim sees as a "declaration of war".

However, South Korea's state weather agency says there is insufficient ground to assume today's quake in the North to be linked to another missile test.



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