China fears another nuclear test, says North Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

China fears another nuclear test, says North Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

China fears another nuclear test, says North Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

Russian Federation urged calm on Friday after US President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman".

After the last test, initial reports from the US Geological Survey put the tremor at magnitude 5.6 with a depth of 10km (six miles) but this was later upgraded to magnitude 6.3 at 0km.

Such a test with a live warhead would tell North Korea's engineers whether their bomb design can survive the rigors of flight and re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, says Michael Elleman, a missile defense expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Russian Federation and China again urged adoption of their freeze-for-freeze proposal that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises.

He said he wanted North Korea, which never reached a formal peace treaty with the South after the 1950-53 Korean War - to attend next year's Winter Olympics to be hosted by South Korea. They are likely part of a strategy that follows Iran's playbook: Get close to developing a nuclear weapon and the rest of the world will make a deal.

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So-called atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons were banned by the USA, the then-Soviet Union and numerous world's nations in a 1963 treaty, though China conducted the last such test known worldwide in 1980.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters in NY during the UN General Assembly shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an unprecedented televised statement, accusing Trump of being "mentally deranged".

"That will be the president's decision", Tillerson said.

Trump also mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the speech, dubbing him "Rocket Man".

It also bans all textile exports and prohibits any country from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency for the northeast Asian nation. Trump said Thursday the USA will impose additional sanctions over the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup.

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It imposes a 180-day ban on vessels and aircraft that have visited North Korea from visiting the United States. The president's office did add that "analysis is still ongoing so we will keep you posted".

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.

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.

During the council meeting, speaker after speaker including USA allies in Europe and Japan spoke out in support of the 2015 nuclear deal that capped Iran's nuclear program, which President Donald Trump is threatening to scrap.

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