Earthquake In North Korea Sets Off Alarm And Speculation

Earthquake In North Korea Sets Off Alarm And Speculation

"This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean".

Kim's statement was unusual because it was written in the first person.

However, it's unclear if that would actually prove the efficacy of the measures - most North Koreans don't own cars or use fuel at anywhere near the rate the rest of the world does, analysts say.

Seismic activity was detected Saturday near the site of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear site, but it is not known whether a nuclear test caused the development. In two July flight tests, those missiles showed potential capability to reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.

A USA intelligence official and US -based non-governmental experts said their initial assessment was that the quake was either natural or connected to North Korea's latest and largest nuclear test on Sept.3, and not caused by a new nuclear test. North Korea may simply have no place to conduct an underground test of any larger scale.

Mnuchin declined to say exactly what the United States was seeking from North Korea, but said the country must "stop their missile tests and give up their nuclear weapons".

"This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.

A magnitude 3.5 quake 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.

"And if the test doesn't go according to plan, you could have population at risk, too", he said.

President Donald Trump says the US will impose additional sanctions on North Korea over the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup.

In recent months, the North has launched a pair of intercontinental missiles believed capable of striking the continental United States and another pair that soared over Japanese territory.

As #North Korea continues to remain defiant in the face of pressure from the United States and economic sanctions imposed on it, #Donald Trump recently met with British Prime Minister #Theresa May.

The pair were at odds over President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to do so in defence of the U.S. or its allies.

"I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world", Kim said.

At a Security Council meeting later Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was to push for strict enforcement of a new raft of global sanctions targeting North Korea's exports and its energy supplies.

The remarks came a short time after Trump signed an executive order aimed at companies and financial institutions that do business with North Korea.

China appears to be signaling to the USA that it will strictly enforce punishments on North Korea, to preempt potential US sanctions on Chinese banks and businesses that were threatened by the Trump administration.