China announces imposition of oil sanctions on North Korea from Oct 1

China is limiting its oil exports to North Korea after the United Nations imposed new sanctions last week, which included fuel import restrictions.

Another official at the the Korea Meteorological Administration's command center said it is believed to have been a natural quake. It would ban exports of liquefied natural gas to the North immediately as well.

China, the closest ally of North Korea, accounts for about 90 per cent of Pyongyang's foreign trade. The BBC estimates the textile ban will cost the North more than $700 million per year.

Joint military drills by the United States and South Korea last month also prompted more anger in the North. Pyongyang has warned that Washington's provocations in the region could finally lead to a full-fledged nuclear confrontation.

As previously reported, North Korea may conduct a powerful test of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific ocean. Beijing has cut off imports of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods in line with United Nations sanctions.

The president assured those in attendance, without details, that he would defend the US against any offensives launched by North Korea: "I can tell you one thing, you are protected, OK?"

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent the past week trading insults and ratcheting up the already-high tension between the countries.

After threatening to "totally destroy North Korea" in his first address to the General Assembly, Trump will sit down with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean leader Moon Jae-In to discuss the way forward.

In an unprecedented personal statement, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would "pay dearly" for his speech, which he labelled "unprecedented rude nonsense".

Atmospheric tests of nuclear-armed missiles, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported, are unsafe for a host for reasons, including the potential for sending nuclear fallout in unpredictable patterns and, if a test were to be administered by North Korea, in the direction of the U.S.

"I'm not suggesting diplomatic but economic leverage over North Korea, and from my discussions with the United States administration I'm confident the United States and China are engaged in very serious dialogue about how they are going to bring North Korea to the negotiating table".

But the North Korean leader said remarks by the "deranged" U.S. president convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea. So we're doing more of the same. The test also came less than two weeks after North Korea tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb, which if true, would be a massive boost for its weapons program.

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