'Earthquake' in North Korea Indicates Nuclear Test: China

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China's seismic service CENC on Saturday detected a zero-depth, 3.4-magnitude quake in North Korea, calling it a "suspected explosion".

A magnitude 3.5 natural disaster struck at 4:29 a.m. ET Saturday 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, the US Geological Survey said.

North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapon earlier this month at its underground Punggye-ri site northeast of Pyongyang, causing a quake with a magnitude of around 6.3.

If North Korea follows through on its latest threat of setting off a nuclear explosion over the Pacific Ocean, it will ultimately be up to President Trump whether the United States will respond with military action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told ABC News on Friday.

The United States Geological Survey was neutral in its assessment on the cause of the tremor, which it recorded as a 3.5 magnitude quake, saying in a statement that it could not "conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event". The president's office did add that "analysis is still ongoing so we will keep you posted". -North Korea nuclear crisis, no one can be sure where this would lead or whether the North will even carry out its threat.

China hoped that Japan talked and acted cautiously and played a constructive role on the nuclear issue, he said.

The U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers, based in Guam, and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement. The larger one had a 3.4 magnitude, the group's initial assessment found, which is much smaller than anything declared as a nuclear test in previous years.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho's remarks to the United Nations General Assembly came hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighters flew in worldwide airspace over waters east of North Korea in a show of force the Pentagon said showed the range of military options available to Trump.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent the past week trading insults and ratcheting up the already-high tension between the countries.

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She said Kim's aim in developing nuclear weapons is "to fulfill a long-term desire on the part of the North Korean regime to reunify the Korean Peninsula under the Kim family regime and proliferate these weapons and blackmail other countries".

"Trump, the president of so-called "power, ' is mad enough to wag his tongue without any consideration that he would 'totally destroy" a sovereign state".

"Trump's rubbish is the open declaration of war against our supreme dignity, state, social system and people, and an unpardonable extra-large provocation", the report said, adding that "the U.S. warmongers will face unimaginable consequences".

Monitoring groups estimate that the nuclear test conducted in North Korea earlier this month had a yield of 250 kilotons, which is 16 times the size of the USA bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

Mr Trump delivered a combative speech on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly, where he mocked Kim as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

Wang told Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in NY that the situation on the Korean peninsula was getting increasingly serious and all sides needed to remain calm.

"The fire roughnecks who enjoy playing with fire, will die in fire", the news agency said.

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