Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Earthquake Detected Near North Korea's Nuclear Test Site

Earthquake Detected Near North Korea's Nuclear Test Site

A magnitude 3.4 natural disaster, at a depth of 0 kilometers, has been recorded near the Kilju area in the North Hamgyeong Province of North Korea, according to the China quake Networks Center.

"There is no confirmed evidence provided at this time, whether there was an actual test explosion out of North Korea or a natural quake", Guam Homeland Security officials said in a statement".

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says developments in North Korea's nuclear program "contributed to international political instability with potentially serious knock-on effects".

Seoul's Meteorological Administration assessed the quake as natural, while China called the earthquake a "suspected explosion".

"The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is the sole organization in the USA federal government whose mission is to detect and report technical data from foreign nuclear explosions".

Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard". 23, 2017, North Korean state media KCNA announced leader Kim Jong Un had visited the country's Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Sciences.

Park said analysts could not rule out the possibility that a natural quake occurred because of a nuclear test.

North Korea has been working on developing missiles that can reach the United States and its allies and pair them with a miniaturized nuclear warheads.

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But he said relations are suffering because former president Barack Obama's administration "put this time bomb in U.S". Lavrov spoke in an interview with The Associated Press after his meeting late Tuesday with U.S.

He said such a test could pose a danger to shipping and aircraft, even if the North declared a "keep out" zone, and would pose a risk to people if something went wrong.

North Korea's nuclear tests to date have all been underground, and experts say an atmospheric test, which would be the first since one by China in 1980, would be proof of the success of its weapons programme.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it could not conclusively confirm whether the quake, which it measured at magnitude 3.5, was man-made or natural.

Under Kim Jong Un's leadership, Pyongyang carried out several intercontinental ballistic missile tests, including 20 missile tests in 2016.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, now in NY for a United Nations meeting, warned Thursday that the North could conduct a test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. "The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is the sole organization in the US federal government whose mission is to detect and report technical data from foreign nuclear explosions". On Thursday, the USA unveiled its own set of economic sanctions targeting North Korea.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said this week that "we're witnessing a very risky confrontation spiral around (North Korea)".

A day earlier, Kim reacted to Trump's provocative speech at the U.N.by equating the USA president to "a frightened dog" and a "mentally deranged US dotard", employing an obscure insult for someone declining into senility.

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.

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