China curbs oil product exports to North Korea, bans condensate

South Korea and China have increased their close communication to peacefully resolve the North Korea’s nuclear and missile issue. The president’s office did add that “analysis is still ongoing so we will keep you posted“.

A magnitude 3.4 quake has been detected in North Korea, China’s natural disaster administration says. Although it doesn’t mean that South Korea and its neighbours aren’t at risk, North Korea’s weapons are “primarily associated with regime survival” and not for attacking South Korea or other nearby countries, according to intelligence reports he’s seen.

It said that it was thought to be an artificial quake caused by a “suspected explosion”.

As the Pentagon’s statement puts it, “this is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone any USA combat aircraft has flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take Pyongyang’s reckless behavior”.

He pointed out that two North Korean ships heading toward northern Syria had been found to contain equipment to make chemical weapons.

China’s action was no more than a public relations ploy.

The test prompted global condemnation, leading the United Nations Security Council to unanimously adopt new sanctions that include restrictions on oil shipments.

South Korea’s presidential office said in a statement that a handful of its government agencies “still maintain [the quake] was natural and not from an explosion”.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at enthusiastic youths in Pyongyang, September 1, 2017. The North Korean dictator said Trump would “pay a heavy price” for his statements. “It’s quite ridiculous that such a person could become a politician”, he said.

After a week in which, with tweets and in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Trump introduced the derogatory nickname “Rocket Man” for Kim into worldwide news coverage and left open his prerogative to “totally destroy” North Korea, the president gave no ground on Friday in his public standoff with his adversary. The tremors from the North were reported a day after the state’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested another nuclear test could be conducted by Pyongyang.

Nevertheless, despite the intense saber-rattling by both Washington and Pyongyang at this moment, neither of them can afford to ignore Beijing’s stance when it comes to whether they really want to go to war.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, through its executive secretary, tweeted Saturday that the activity was “unlikely man-made”.

Hydrogen bombs, or H-bombs, are thermonuclear weapons far more powerful than ordinary fission-based atomic bombs, and use a nuclear blast to generate the intense temperatures required for fusion to take place.

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