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China to ban some petroleum exports to North Korea

China to ban some petroleum exports to North Korea”

China announced Saturday it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North in compliance with a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution.

On Thursday Trump announced new US sanctions that he said allows the targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

The majority of North Korea's oil likely comes from China, but the exact tally of oil exports remains unknown, as Beijing has not published such data since 2014.

China's Earthquake Administration said the quake was not a nuclear explosion and had the characteristics of a natural tremor.

In our news wrap Friday, Kim Jong Un responded to President Trump's threats to North Korea by warning the president that he would face consequences "beyond his expectations" and further escalating the war of words between the two leaders. The North Korean dictator, whose nation has ramped up its ballistic missile tests in recent weeks and recently tested its most powerful nuclear device to date, called Trump's speech "unprecedented rude nonsense" for which the president will "pay dearly".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017.

"We have to calm down the hot heads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts", Lavrov told a news conference after his address to the General Assembly.

Experts say this is the first time a North Korean leader has made a direct address to an worldwide audience - and it merits serious and thorough consideration.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho commented Thursday on the sidelines of a United Nations gathering followed an extraordinary direct statement by Kim in response to President Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the North.

"Right now, I would say we are heading to war", said Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, an organization that supports nuclear weapon reduction and eventual elimination.

However, the North never stopped its nuclear program, and instead has developed nuclear weapons-including a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to an analysis by the Defense Intelligence Agency-and the missile technology needed to deliver it.

"They don't come to talk about North Korea". "You have just given North Korea the propaganda coup of the century".

Churches have been addressing North Korea more in sermons and prayer sessions, says Choi Ei-woo, the head pastor at Chongkyo Methodist Church in downtown Seoul.

China wields the most influence on North Korea, providing an economic lifeline.

"None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission", Ri said in a full-throated rebuke to Trump's remarks.

On Friday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman pushed back on Trump's suggestion a day earlier that Beijing had gone so far as to order banks to cease conducting business with North Korean entities.

"People say this is all part of its brinkmanship strategy to force the USA to come forward for negotiation".



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