Seismic activity detected near North Korean nuclear site

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

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.

According to the reports, the 3.4-magnitude natural disaster was detected near North Korea's nuclear test site, where previous tests that resulted in earthquakes have been carried out.

Beijing's appeal came as a war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un escalated, with the young North Korean leader calling the 71-year-old American president a "mentally deranged United States dotard".

Officials with The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization also said their initial analysis is that the quake was unlikely to be man-made. We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event.

A US Pacific Command official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was "nothing to indicate this was anything other than natural".

People watch a television news screen at a railway station in Seoul on September 23, 2017 showing a map of the epicenter of an natural disaster in North Korea.

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.

BEIJING (AP) - China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under United Nations sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally.

He stated that China's assistance is vital to roll back Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

The latest test was followed by a second magnitude 4.1 quake that experts said could have been caused by landslides or a tunnel collapsing after the explosion.

The site, run by the U.S. -Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, added the bomb's 250-kiloton yield was close to what it previously determined was the maximum that could be contained by the test site.

Social media users in China said they "felt nothing" when Saturday's quake hit, while Russia's weather forecasting service said radiation levels were normal following the tremor, according to a report by the Interfax news agency.

North Korea said its recent nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles.

New York, Sep 21 US President Donald Trump today signed an executive order to target North Korea's trading partners that "finance and facilitate trade" with the reclusive nation. Textiles have been Pyongyang's last major source of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of United Nations sanctions, under which China cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods.

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