Earthquake Detected in North Korea

China: Trump bank ban statement 'not consistent' with facts

China's official Xinhua news agency said the epicentre was roughly at the same place as a similar shallow natural disaster on Sept 3, which turned out to be caused by North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test.

Seoul's Meteorological Administration assessed the quake as natural, while China called the earthquake a "suspected explosion".

South Korea suspended humanitarian aid to North Korea after the country conducted its fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

"We will not carry out export procedures of related products from 12 a.m. on the day of announcement and these products will be uniformly put on the list of prohibited export items in the future", it said.

"The global community is strengthening sanctions and pressure against North Korea and even Moon is in the United States to strengthen worldwide coordination against the North Korean problem", said Son. The agency put the tremor at magnitude 3.0.

North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapon earlier this month at its underground Punggye-ri site northeast of Pyongyang, causing a quake with a magnitude of around 6.3.

Also Thursday, Trump issued an executive order expanding the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea and to ban them from the USA financial system.

The last time South Korea provided humanitarian aid to North Korea through an worldwide agency was in December 2015, when it gave $800,000 to the U.N. Population Fund project to evaluate North Korean public health conditions.

China wants to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile development but has warned against pushing the government of Kim Jong Un so hard it collapses, or hurting ordinary North Koreans. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, now in NY for a United Nations meeting, warned on Thursday that Kim could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific.

Lu gave no explanation but added, "in principle, China has always implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions in their entirety and fulfilled our due responsibility".

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

Kim, in an unusual direct statement to the world, pledged hours earlier to take "highest-level" action against the USA in response to President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea if provoked.

A day earlier, Kim reacted to Trump's provocative speech at the equating the USA president to "a frightened dog" and a "mentally deranged US dotard", employing an obscure insult for someone declining into senility.

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