3.4 magnitude quake detected in North Korea

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The site is near where North Korea on September 3 conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in what it said was the detonation of a thermonuclear weapon.

US bombers, escorted by fighter jets, flew off the North Korean coast in a show of force on Saturday, while in Pyongyang, tens of thousands of people staged a mass rally to express support for "final victory" over the United States and call for the annihilation of the enemy, the state Korean Central News Agency reported.

Tempers were high after US President Donald Trump called North Korean leader a "madman", a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasures in history".

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) have said they are unable to make a decision as to what may have caused this quake on Saturday.

The prime minister later told reporters that at the meetings today with American and South Korean officials, "all agreed to apply utmost pressure so as to change North Korea's policies".

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Sales of refined petroleum products will be limited to two million tons per year, the commerce ministry said, while the export of all liquified natural gas and condensates will be banned.

Much attention has been paid to the commercial and financial ties between China and North Korea in recent months.

The news agency issued a fresh report later, saying the seismic service after further study concluded the quake was natural and not the result of a nuclear test.

Trump hit Pyongyang with its latest economic blow on Thursday when he signed an order directed at entities that work with North Korea.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson clarified Friday that despite the escalating war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, his country's "diplomatic efforts continue unabated". North Korea, he added, will also never willingly give up its growing nuclear arsenal.

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"There are locations that look like kind of early versions of North Korea's Walmart", said Scott Snyder, director of the program on U.S. -Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

All of North Korea's previous six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 4.3 or above. He called Kim Jong-un's regime "depraved", and noted that it was "an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict".

"The President takes the responsibility of the security of the American people very seriously and it is his first and foremost responsibility but we're not in this alone", he said, noting that China and Russian Federation have also put pressure on North Korea. The recently imposed sanctions will be given time to take effect before military action is contemplated.

"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.

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