China announces imposition of oil sanctions on North Korea from Oct 1

The North carried out its sixth nuclear test - and most powerful to date - on September 3, sparking worldwide outrage and a fresh round of sanctions.

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China will limit refined oil exports to North Korea to 500,000 barrels for the period from next Sunday, October 1, to the end of the year, in compliance with the latest United Nations restrictive measures imposed on Pyongyang due to its sixth nuclear test earlier in September.

China's seismic service CENC on Saturday detected a zero-depth, 3.4-magnitude natural disaster in North Korea, calling it a "suspected explosion". But doing so, especially in light of the recent North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, has put South Korea at odds with its USA and Japanese counterparts.

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The U.S. Geological Survey said that it detected a magnitude 3.5 quake in the area of previous North Korean nuclear tests, but that it was unable to confirm whether the event was natural. (Park did, however, suspend aid following 2016 missile and nuclear tests).

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Saturday's reports of seismic activity come at a time of rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump engaging in an escalating war of words over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"Together with Donald, we've been successfully demonstrating our strong will to exercise pressure against North Korea, and that actually led to the unification of the worldwide community to address this challenge", he said.

This week marked a new level of acromony in a blistering war of words between Kim and Trump, with the North Korean leader calling the American president "mentally deranged" and a "dotard". So we're doing more of the same.

"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.

Meanwhile, KCNA Watch, on Saturday carried another North Korean official statement on USA initiative for getting anti-Pyongyang UN sanctions approved, saying "The a nuclear rogue state that deserves denunciation by the world".

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