Two seismic events in North Korea unlikely man-made - CTBTO

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The natural disaster was detected in Kilju county in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggyeri nuclear site is located, according to South Korea's meteorological agency.

Lassino Zerbo, of nuclear watchdog the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), tweeted that the quake was not man-made but similar to a "collapse" event, or tremor, that followed nearly immediately after the 3 September test.

China's seismic service on Saturday said that North Korea has been rocked by a 3.4 magnitude quake sparking fears the nuclear-obsessed nation may be testing more missiles.

The announcement follows days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un's regime, which has raised worldwide alarm.

However, South Korea's weather agency said it was examining the quake and took the initial view that it was a naturally occurring phenomenon.

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.

President Trump has accused China of not putting enough pressure on Kim's regime to step back from its sabre-rattling.

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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.

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On Sept. 15, North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile that flew over Japan in its longest-ever flight.

US officials would not confirm that.

A US government intelligence analyst said the events could have been a "mine-type" collapse of tunnels damaged by North Korea's previous nuclear test, but was more likely a small quake.

The majority of North Korea's oil likely comes from China, but the exact tally of oil exports remains unknown, as Beijing has not published such data since 2014.

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Textiles are one of North Korea's last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of United Nations sanctions under which Beijing cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods.

The patrols came after officials and experts said a small quake near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday was probably not man-made, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one.

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

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