Tremor detected in North Korea may be another test - China
25 September, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Devin Moran
China's official Xinhua news agency said the epicentre was roughly at the same place as a similar shallow natural disaster on Sept 3, which turned out to be caused by North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test.
China's Earthquake Administration said that quake was not a nuclear explosion and had a characteristic of a natural tremor.
On Friday, Donald Trump called the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman", a day after which Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history". Trump told the UN on Tuesday the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.
But the official from the South Korean agency said the analysis of seismic waves and the lack of sound waves clearly showed that the quake was not caused by an artificial explosion.
"The USGS said that their seismologists confirmed it happened at a depth of 5KM and said, We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature [natural or human made] of the event".
North Korea's foreign minister said this week that his country could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to President Donald Trump's threats of military action. None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission.
Tensions between the USA and North Korea have been escalating this year over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions.
"Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" the president tweeted.
The Pentagon said the aim was to demonstrate the military options available to the U.S. to defeat any threat.
Russia has condemned North Korea's latest missile test over mainland Japan, but said it is in favour of political and diplomatic settlement "on the basis of the Russian-Chinese road map".
Trump has said he will not allow it, although the United States so far has not used military force to impede the North's progress. "S. dotard with fire".
Washington announced tougher restrictions Friday aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programme, building on tough new United Nations sanctions aimed at choking Pyongyang of cash. It would ban exports of liquefied natural gas to the North immediately as well.
"We resolutely condemned the nuclear missile adventures of Pyongyang in violation of Security Council resolutions, but military hysteria is not just an impasse, it's a disaster", Lavrov said in a speech at the UN General Assembly.
In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and flight escorts flew on Saturday to the farther point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century.
Trump praised China on Thursday for what he said was instructions to its banks to cut off business with North Korea. In the clip above, the CBS This Morning panel explains the word " dotard " after Kim's use of it to describe Trump.
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