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3.5-magnitude quake near North Korea nuclear test site

3.5-magnitude quake near North Korea nuclear test site”

For months, USA officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons.

"The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is the sole organization in the U.S. federal government whose mission is to detect and report technical data from foreign nuclear explosions".

Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee that it was only a matter of "a very short time" before North Korea has a nuclear-capable ICBM.

The Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website that China would ban exports of refined petroleum products from October 1, and of condensates and liquefied natural gas immediately.

The current volume of trade between the two countries - and how much the new limits reduce it by - is not yet clear. China had not agreed either of the terms until Saturday.

MOFCOM noted that it will comply with the United Nations order with respect to the two million barrels ceiling on global annual export of refined oil to the DPRK. The sanctions also included more restrictions on the country's Foreign Trade bank and forbids North Korea from sending more workers overseas.

The AFP news agency reports that petrol prices in Pyongyang have risen by about 20% in the past two months.

Tensions have continued to rise since North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test, prompting a new round of United Nations sanctions.

An earlier U.N. Security Council resolution prohibited all exports of North Korean coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and seafood.

North Korea also produces coal, some $1.2bn of which was exported to China in 2016, but China had already strictly limited its imports of North Korean coal earlier this year.

Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the row was "like when children in a kindergarten start fighting and no-one can stop them". We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong-un.

Ri on Monday responded to Trump's apparent threat, telling reporters in NY that the president's tweet "declared war" on North Korea.

Following the meeting, Trump said it was "a great privilege" to talk to Moon and that the ongoing North Korean crisis was the most important issue he and his counterpart had to address.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", Jong-un was quoted as saying by state-run KCNA news agency.



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