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Two 'seismic events' recorded in North Korea unlikely to be explosions

Two 'seismic events' recorded in North Korea unlikely to be explosions”

MailOnline quoted China's official Xinhua News Agency as saying that the quake may have been a "suspected explosion".

Previous earthquakes in North Korea have indicated nuclear tests by the nation, which is at loggerheads with the U.S. and the rest of the global community over its weapon development.

Seismic activity was detected Saturday near the site of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear site, but it is not known whether a nuclear test caused the development. The last test on Sept 3 registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it could not conclusively confirm whether the quake, which it measured at magnitude 3.5, was manmade or natural.

The agency said it was analysing the nature of the quake and its initial view was that it was a natural tremor because no sound waves specific to man-made earthquakes were detected.

He said, "We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or manmade".

All of North Korea's previous six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 4.3 or above. "Analysis ongoing", CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo said in a Twitter post, referring to Sept 3 test.

There was no immediate reaction from China's Foreign Ministry, but the news was widely reported by Chinese state media outlets and on social media.

North Korea said its recent nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Saturday's detection comes at a time of rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump engaging in an escalating war of words.

His comments came after Trump ordered new sanctions on individuals, companies and banks doing business with North Korea as he sought to further isolate the regime and increase economic pressure for it to curb its weapons programs.

The test comes after North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who is now in NY for the United Nations National Assembly, warned on Thursday that the country's leader Kim Jon Un could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific.



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