China warns of 'complicated' situation on Korean Peninsula

Russia, China use UN stage to push back on a US-led world order

Last month, the United States announced sanctions against five Chinese firms and one individual, two Singapore-based companies and three Russian citizens alleging that they supported North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

China appeared to heed Washington's call in turn Thursday, with Trump expressing gratitude for what he said was the Chinese central bank's decision to order commercial banks to stop doing business with North Korea.

The area isn't where natural earthquakes normally occur.

The quake was detected in Kilju county in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggyeri nuclear site is located, according to South Korea's meteorological agency.

North Korea has been maintaining a torrid pace in nuclear and weapons tests as it accelerates its pursuit of nuclear weapons that could viably target the United States and its allies in Asia.

China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's foreign trade.

Today's quake measures 3.4 significantly smaller than all of North Korea's six nuclear tests.

Mr Trump later used his speech to the UN General Assembly to tell the world he would "totally destroy" North Korea if the US was threatened by its regime.

Saturday's seismic activity came just hours before North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho - who warned on Thursday that North Korea could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific - was due to address the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

The strength of the quake on Saturday was much lower than the tremors registered during any of North Korea's previous nuclear tests, including its first detonation in 2006, which triggered a 4.1-magnitude quake.

China's natural disaster administration said it was a magnitude 3.4 quake and cited a "suspected explosion".

Tillerson won't say what the US response would be if Kim's government tested a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. He said the USA keeps pressing Russian Federation and China to do more to squeeze Pyongyang economically.

The article said, "For more than seven decades since the foundation of the UN, no chief executives or diplomats including the preceding USA presidents have openly called for the obliteration of another state" at the UN General Assembly.

US officials would not confirm that.

The latest alert comes amid heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula. It will also ban imports of textiles from North Korea.

And it's possible that North Korea is able to undermine them.

Earlier on Saturday, China said it will limit exports of refined petroleum products from October 1 and ban exports of condensates and liquefied natural gas immediately to comply with the latest United Nations sanctions. "As such, we refuse to handle any individual loans connected to North Korea".

"We resolutely condemned the nuclear missile adventures of Pyongyang in violation of Security Council resolutions, but military hysteria is not just an impasse, it's a disaster", Lavrov said in a speech at the UN General Assembly.



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