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The United States just unveiled major new sanctions against North Korea

The United States just unveiled major new sanctions against North Korea”

The announcement follows days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un's regime, which has raised worldwide alarm.

The quake was detected in an area around Kilju, in northeastern North Korea, and about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of where the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, according to an official from Seoul's Korea Meteorological Administration.

China's natural disaster administration said in a statement on its website that the quake, which occurred around 0830 GMT, was recorded a depth of zero kilometres.

The head of the nuclear test monitoring agency CTBTO said on Saturday that analysts were "looking at unusual seismic activity of a much smaller magnitude" than the Sept 3 test in North Korea. The aim of this action would be to keep North Korea from continuing with its nuclear program.

North Korea has launched dozens of missiles this year, several of them flying over Japan, as it accelerates a weapons programme aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

The announcement from Beijing came at the end of a week that saw tensions ratchet up between the United States and North Korea, with the leaders of both countries trading insults.

His comments were later clarified when North Korean foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said it could mean that the country would test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

China's natural disaster administration has said it suspects an "explosion" caused the quake in the rogue state.

Trump has also signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme.

The Commerce Ministry in Beijing said that starting on October 1, China would limit supplies of refined petroleum products, local media reports.

Imports of textiles from North Korea would also be banned immediately, the statement said.

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



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