Tillerson stresses diplomacy on North Korea amid threats

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

South Korea's weather agency said a magnitude 3.2 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

News of the natural disaster in North Korea is reported at the Seoul railway station in South Korea on Saturday.

"There weren't any natural earthquakes in Punggye-ri in the past", said Hong Tae-kyung of Yonsei University's Earth System Sciences Department, who said the tremors on Saturday were likely the result of geological stress, a massive landslide or the collapse of an underground tunnel used at the nuclear test site.

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.

North Korea's weakest nuclear test, the first one conducted in 2006, generated a magnitude 4.3 quake.

China warned yesterday that the situation on the Korean Peninsula was "complicated and sensitive" and called for restraint on all sides after North Korea hinted that it might explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also issued a scathing statement on Thursday, in which he referred to Trump as a "mentally deranged dotard".

China is a country with a population of over 1.3 billion, and maintaining its long-term stability is China's biggest contribution to the cause of world peace, he said.

The office of Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense are closely monitoring reports of a tremor recorded in North Korea near the area where officials believe that the DPRK has been testing nuclear weapons.

There may be smaller Chinese banks and firms dealing with Kim's regime that have little or no exposure to the USA financial system, Haggard said.

To comply with a UN Security Council resolution calling for sanctions over North Korea's nuclear activity, China said Friday that it will limit its exports of refined petroleum products to Pyongyang as well as ban imports of the North's textiles.

Wang made the remarks at the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in NY.

Trump today praised China for instructing its banks to cut off business with North Korea.

Earlier this month, China ordered its financial institutions to take a number of steps to comply with past United Nations resolutions, including halting business with sanctioned individuals and companies.

They also expanded the blacklist of individuals and entities that do business with North Korea in the construction, energy, finance, fishery and information technology sectors.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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