China's August trade with North Korea surges after United Nations sanctions

Ruben Ruiz
September 24, 2017

"We have developed strong allies and strong alliances internationally".

North Korea has been maintaining a torrid pace in nuclear and weapons tests as it accelerates its pursuit of nuclear weapons that could viably target the United States and its allies in Asia.

He also called Trump "deranged" and "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

The quake was detected in an area around Kilju, in northeastern North Korea, just 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) northwest of where the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, according to an official from Seoul's Korea Meteorological Administration. The North has threatened to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

Tillerson said, "The president obviously takes the responsibility of the security of the American people very seriously".

Russia has condemned North Korea's latest missile test over mainland Japan, but said it is in favour of political and diplomatic settlement "on the basis of the Russian-Chinese road map".

The United States ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive Thursday, as Kim Jong-Un vowed that Donald Trump's "deranged" threats would only toughen his resolve.

It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a USA president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes and raising the global nuclear standoff to a new level.

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China is North Korea's main trading partner and conduit for global transactions. Responding to the speech, Kim said Trump's comments amounted to an insult.

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China's Earthquake Administration said the quake was not a nuclear explosion and had the characteristics of a natural tremor. "However, we are carrying out a further analysis because there are concerns that it might have been a man-made natural disaster".

The Japanese leader said he and Trump also confirmed in their meeting "the unwavering USA commitment to the defense of Japan and the fact that Japan and the United States are with each other 100 percent", Abe told reporters.

Similar above-ground tests have not been conducted since the Cold War and North Korea's nuclear detonations have all been occurred underground. A foreign ministry spokesman said Friday that is Trump's assertion is "not consistent with the facts", giving no indication what steps China might be taking. Other sources have hinted about an unspecified "sharp, short warning shot" at North Korea - a limited application of military force that would ideally not trigger a devastating response. However, the underlying message it appears to be giving is one of disbelief that a US president is not backing down and is making such a forceful threat.

Kim did not specify what action he would take against the United States or Trump, whom he called a "mentally deranged US dotard" in the latest bout of insults the two leaders have traded.

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.

Earlier on Saturday, China said it will limit exports of refined petroleum products from October 1 and ban exports of condensates and liquefied natural gas immediately to comply with the latest United Nations sanctions.

The foreign minister placed a potential North Korean missile attack squarely on Trump, whom he bashed in the opening minutes of his speech.

The head of the nuclear test monitoring agency CTBTO said on Saturday that analysts were "looking at unusual seismic activity of a much smaller magnitude" than the Sept 3 test in North Korea.

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