A shallow 3.5-magnitude natural disaster which hit North Korea near the country's nuclear test site on Saturday was not the result of a fresh nuclear test, China's seismic service said, after initially reporting a "suspected explosion".
Did North Korea test another nuclear bomb?The question is up in the air after an natural disaster was detected to have struck in North Korea today.
A 3.4 magnitude quake has been detected in North Korea, according to China's state-run Xinhua News Agency. The last test registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake.
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.
According to USA intelligence sources, the most recent test detonated a 140-kiloton nuclear device, which the North Koreans claim was a hydrogen bomb.
The U.S. Geological Survey said it could not conclusively confirm whether the quake, which it measured at magnitude 3.5, was manmade or natural.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the council it is "a practical way out" and stressed that China had "made tireless efforts for settlement to the North Korean issue".
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The president assured those in attendance, without details, that he would defend the USA against any offensives launched by North Korea: "I can tell you one thing, you are protected, OK?"
Trump on Tuesday told the United Nations the USA could "totally destroy" North Korea, provoking a fierce response from Pyongyang.
Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in retaliation for Trump saying the U.S. would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.
"We urge the DPRK not to go further along a unsafe direction", Wang said, referring to North Korea by the acronym of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. They enable him to cut off access to the US financial system and freeze the assets of any company or individual doing business with North Korea, measures known as secondary sanctions.
North Korea is also believed to be responsible for the cyber heist at Bangladesh's central bank and the global WannaCry ransomware attack from earlier this year.
South Korea's weather agency, however, offered a different view.
The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.
China will limit the supply of refined petroleum products to North Korea in order to comply with the latest United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions, Beijing's Ministry of Commerce announced on Saturday via its website.