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North Korea quake might have been explosion

24 September 2017

The 3.4 magnitude natural disaster that hit North Korea on Saturday is said to have been caused by a fresh nuclear test.

"North Korea is conducting more nuclear tests and every time I turn on the news my heart starts beating like insane", said Mun.

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.

China also will ban textile imports from the North, the ministry said.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, agreed Friday to promote security cooperation in response to the rising nuclear threat posed by North Korea.

Since then, the percentage of South Korean who expect another war has been gradually decreasing, down to 37% in the latest survey, despite a surge in missile tests under third generation leader Kim Jong Un. "It has to strongly and sternly respond until North Korea gives up its nuclear program of its own accord".

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Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters in NY, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly and is scheduled to speak on Saturday.

Wilbur Ross thinks that the People's Bank of China telling Chinese banks to stop doing business with North Korea was a "very powerful message".

The institute listed North Korea as not having any deployed warheads but with 10 to 20 "other warheads" that include "operational warheads held in storage and retired warheads awaiting dismantlement".

It said that it was thought to be an artificial quake caused by a "suspected explosion", Yonhap reports. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons reports that the USA has 6,800 and Moscow 7,000, vastly more than the world's other nuclear nations put together.

The CTBTO, or Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization, which monitors nuclear tests, and officials of the South Korean meteorological agency also said they believed it was a natural quake.

"Increasing tensions with North Korea is putting a little bit of selling pressure on the dollar, especially against the Japanese yen", said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington.

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"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.

When Haley was asked about Donald Trump's remark about U.S. responding "fire and fury", the ambassador said that it was not an empty threat.

"Regarding which measures to take, I don't really know since it is what Kim Jong-un does", Ri said.

"Recent steps in the nuclear disarmament field are encouraging", said Shannon Kile, head of SIPRI's Nuclear Weapons Project.

The ban on textile imports will be effective from today, it said.

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North Korea quake might have been explosion