China Moves To Limit Fuel, Textile Trade With North Korea

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Shanghai: China said on Saturday it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

China time with a magnitude of 3.4 and a depth of zero kilometers, the China Earthquake Networks Center said in a statement.

USGS put the epicentre of the quake 22 km (14 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, near the country's main nuclear test site.

The September 3rd test was North Korea's most powerful detonation, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China. "We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event". Tillerson says it would be President Donald Trump's decision, but he adds that all military options remain on the table.

The DMZ is a strip of land that has divided South Korea and North Korea since 1953.

North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons to deter a US invasion, but Thornton contended that the North ultimately seeks to take over USA -allied South Korea.

"I strongly suspect they have the capability to do this", said James Acton, a nuclear expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

After a week in which through tweets and a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Trump introduced the derogatory nickname "Rocket Man" for Kim into worldwide news coverage and left open his prerogative to "totally destroy" North Korea, the president gave no ground on Friday in his public standoff with his adversary's leader. 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.

Wang, whose country has faced repeated USA calls to take a tougher line, said in his address that North Korea should "not go further along a unsafe direction".


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has lashed out as world leaders have tightened the screws on his regime in Pyongyang over its nuclear programme and repeated missile tests.

Trump has dubbed Kim a "madman" and sought to ratchet up sanctions against the isolted regime, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of invasion.

Terming North Korea's latest violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions as a source of deep regret, the spokeswoman said, "We are convinced that now it is more important than ever before for all parties involved to stop escalating tensions that are accompanying every new round of reactions and counter reactions".

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".

North Korea has said it intends to build a missile capable of striking all parts of the United States with a nuclear bomb.

He said sanctions would have no effect on Pyongyang's resolve to develop its nuclear weapons, with the ultimate goal being "balance of power with the US".

China also made a decision to limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea from October 1 in line with the export ceiling imposed under the U.N. Security Council Resolution No. 2375.

A ban on textile imports from the North will go into effect immediately, the statement said.

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