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North Korea is hit by 'artificial' 2.1-magnitude quake

North Korea is hit by 'artificial' 2.1-magnitude quake”

It comes after reports that North Korea has partially rebuilt the Tongchang-ri rocket facility.

A North Korean long-range rocket launch site appears to have resumed "normal operation status", USA experts said Thursday, calling it an "affront" to President Donald Trump's strategy of diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang.

The development came after a high-stakes nuclear summit last week between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump ended without any agreement.

"The rebuilding activities at Sohae demonstrate how quickly North Korea can easily render reversible any steps taken toward scrapping its WMD program with little hesitation", the CSIS said in a study authored by Joseph Bermudez and Victor Cha.

"We are mindful that every day the challenge is greater, the threat posed.is not going away".

The earth tremor was reported to be centred on the mining town of Pyonggang.

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Former President Jimmy Carter has reportedly offered to fly to North Korea to help the Trump administration continue its nuclear weapons talks with the reclusive nation.

The Sohae satellite launching centre in Tongchang-ri, a seaside region in western North Korea, is where the North carried out satellite launches in recent years, resulting in United Nations sanctions over claims that they were disguised tests of banned missile technology.

Carter also traveled to North Korea in 2010 to negotiate the release of an American being held there.

Palladino would not say if Washington had been in contact with Pyongyang over Sohae, situated on North Korea's northwest coast, or the aborted summit.

While some applaud the increased dialogue between the USA and the notoriously isolated kingdom, Trump has come under criticism for organizing such a high profile summit with Kim without a clear mandate for what they could accomplish, and ultimately walking away from it prematurely and without an agreement.

The US administration will not accept any gradual denuclearization of North Korea, a senior State Department official said, just as John Bolton threatened Pyongyang with tougher sanctions, following the unproductive Hanoi summit. -South Korean alliance for the case of actual conflict, some experts say downsizing them will damage relations between the two countries over concerns Trump is prioritizing relations with Kim over South Korean security.



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