Sept 23, 2017 North Korea
A 3.0 magnitude earthquake detected near North Korea's nuclear test site Saturday is presumed to have been a natural quake, South Korea's weather agency said.The tremor occurred at 5:29 p.m., some 20 kilometers southeast of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test in the northeastern province where the North conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. (Yonhap)"The quake has been analyzed to have occurred naturally," an agency official said. "A
BEIJING -- A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site Saturday, US seismologists said, in what China’s seismic service said was a “suspected explosion”, but Seoul deemed a “natural earthquake”. (Yonhap)The earthquake came after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s regime over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions raised international alarm.The United States Geological Survey (USGS) sai
BEIJING -- China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under UN sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang’s last ally.Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year, effective Jan. 1, the Commerce Ministry said. Sales of liquefied natural gas are banned outright. A North Korean solder stands guard near barrels stacked up near the river ban
WASHINGTON — Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the US and North Korea closer to actual war?As with much that has transpired lately in the US-North Korea nuclear crisis, no one can be sure where this would lead or whether the North will even carry out its threat. It does, however, raise many questions, including: How would the North undertake such a nuclear test, what risks might it pose to Japan and how would th
US President Donald Trump will take the "appropriate" action if North Korea tests a nuclear bomb over the Pacific Ocean as threatened, his top diplomat said Friday.North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday warned of the "highest level" action after Trump told the UN General Assembly the US will have no choice but to "totally destroy" the North if forced to defend itself or its allies. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (AP-Yonhap)Kim's top diplomat, Ri Yong-ho, told reporters in New York such
President Donald Trump is again assailing North Korea Kim Jong Un, saying that he "will be tested like never before."In an escalation of the war of words between the United States and North Korea, Trump sent a predawn tweet Friday saying, "Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!"Trump's broadside follows a rare statement issued by Kim, branding the US president as "deranged" and warning he will "pay
Top diplomats of South Korea and Kazakhstan have discussed cooperation in their response to North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations, the foreign ministry here said Friday. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Kazakh counterpart Abdrakhmanov Kudaibergenovich met on the sidelines of the UN.General Assembly underway in New York on Thursday, according to the ministry. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Kazakh counterpart Abdrakhmanov Kudaibergenovich (Yonhap)Kang assessed that Kazakhs
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ratcheted up his harsh rhetoric against the US and allies by issuing a rare direct statement on Friday, which experts here interpreted as an “eye for an eye” tactic against his US counterpart Donald Trump. The written statement, which was released in English North Korea’s state newspaper Rodong Sinmun, vowed to consider the “highest-level” of countermeasures including options of military attack against the US. This marks the first time a North Korean leader has sp
North Korean hackers are cyberattacking cryptocurrency exchange services in South Korea and related sites to secure bitcoins, Bloomberg Businessweek reported in its latest issue. The weekly business magazine quoted security researcher Fire Eye as saying that more signs of bitcoin ransom payments to North Korea are being detected amid the international sanctions stacking up against the Kim Jong-un regime. (123RF)The US media outlet assessed that the benefits offered by cryptocurrencies -- secret
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday that North Korea should stop provocations to end the current vicious cycle of tension and seek fundamental solutions for peace. On the flight back home from his four-day New York trip, he deplored that the North's continued nuclear and missile saber-rattling left the world with no choice but to enhance pressure and sanctions. "When tensions are high like this, I do not think the international community has any other option about North Korea," he tol
The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States have briefly met in New York and discussed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's threat to take the highest-level action in response to the US president's recent speech, the foreign ministry here said Friday.Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "exchanged primary analysis and opinions of Kim's statement ... and agreed to carry out further close study of it," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.
In a rare if not unprecedented move, North Korea released a statement directly from its leader in response to President Donald Trump's criticism in his speech to the United Nations earlier this week. The response, transmitted by North Korea's state news agency KCNA, reads as follows:___Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, released a statement on Thursday.(KCNA-Yonhap)The full text of the statement reads:The speech made by the US president in
The Food and Agriculture Organization has listed North Korea as one of 37 food-shortage nations in need of external assistance, a US broadcaster reported Friday. North Korea's crop yields decreased due to severe droughts between April and June, and a shortage of water supplies for irrigation, the FAO's third-quarter report on the global food situation was quoted as saying by Voice of America. The report was released the previous day. North Korea (Yonhap)The North's food shortage amounts to 458,0
North Korea may conduct the most powerful test of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean in its possible "highest-level" actions against the United States, the North's top diplomat said Thursday.Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho made the comment after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that he is considering the strongest actions in response to US President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the country. Ri Yong-ho (Yonhap)"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,"