North Korea explosion not a nuclear test, says China quake network centre

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho leaves his hotel in New York on Sept. 21 2017

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho leaves his hotel in New York on Sept. 21 2017

"Increasing tensions with North Korea is putting a little bit of selling pressure on the dollar, especially against the Japanese yen", said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington.

The analysis indicated neither one was man-made, meaning they don't appear to be explosions.

The natural disaster, which South Korea's Meteorological Agency put at magnitude 3.0, was detected 30.4 miles from Kilju in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggye-ri nuclear site is located, the official said. The USGS measured this month's nuclear test at magnitude 6.3.

A shallow quake detected near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday was not the result of a fresh nuclear test by the reclusive regime, South Korea and China's earthquake-monitoring agencies concluded Sunday.

Reversing its initial assessment of a "suspected explosion", China Earthquake Networks Center concluded that Saturday's earthquake was "not a nuclear test", adding that the incident had the characteristics of a natural earthquake.

China wants to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile development but has warned against pushing the government of Kim Jong Un so hard it collapses or hurting ordinary North Koreans.

"Seismic waves from a natural quake have a distinct pattern", the official said.

Trump announced new US sanctions on Thursday that he said allows the targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

In a rare direct statement, Kim said that Trump would "pay dearly" for the threats, and that North Korea "will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

The quake occurred "about 50km from prior tests", he also tweeted.

The forceful rhetoric from Pyongyang came after Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea in a speech Tuesday to the General Assembly.

Trump also said China was imposing major banking sanctions, too, but there was no immediate confirmation from the North's most important trading partner.

The article said, "For more than seven decades since the foundation of the UN, no chief executives or diplomats including the preceding U.S. presidents have openly called for the obliteration of another state" at the UN General Assembly. Beijing has cut off imports of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods in line with United Nations sanctions. China, an ally of North Korea, accounts for about 90 per cent of Pyongyang's foreign trade.

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