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

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

The nuclear test of September 3, the sixth and most powerful practiced by North Korea, had caused an natural disaster of magnitude 6,3 felt up in China.

China was first to announce the seismic events and said the larger 3.4 magnitude quake was a "suspected explosion".

Joseph Cheng of the Chinese University of Hong Kong said that "China wants to demonstrate its support of the world community's position dissuade North Korea from continuing to hold nuclear tests and long-range missile tests". They believe the activity was the result of a natural quake.

Wang Yi also told the annual U.N. General Assembly China was committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and there should be no new nuclear weapons north or south of the border, or elsewhere in Northeast Asia. "We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human made) of the event". So far North Korea has been separately testing nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles built to deliver them, rather than testing them together.

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. The latest test was followed by a second magnitude 4.1 quake that experts said could have been caused by landslides or a tunnel collapsing after the explosion.

Saturday's quake follows an escalation of the combative rhetoric between the North Korean and USA leaders this week.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho wouldn't have spoken without approval from Pyongyang's top leadership when he suggested to reporters in NY on Friday that the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test to fulfill the vows of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.

"At present, management of North Korea-related business has become an issue of national-level politics and national security", according to the document seen by the sources.

Kim on Friday threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in a tirade against Trump's warning that Washington would "totally destroy" the North if the U.S. or its allies were threatened.

North Korea has been working on developing missiles that can reach the United States and its allies and pair them with a miniaturized nuclear warheads.

Lewis finds similarities between the current situation surrounding North Korea and the events that led to China's 1966 test, which was driven by USA doubts of Chinese capabilities to place nuclear weapons on ballistic missiles.

China, the closest ally of North Korea, accounts for about 90 per cent of Pyongyang's foreign trade.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a written statement that it will restrict exports of refined petroleum products from October 1, and ban the export of condensate oil and liquefied natural gas immediately. However, the ban on textile imports will be effective from Saturday.

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" in North Korea, and that it would have more details to come.

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