U.S. urges all nations to stop the spread of nuclear weapons

Posted September 25, 2017

The North's last nuclear test, on September 3, was the country's most powerful, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China.

The tremor originated at 5:29 p.m. about 12 miles southeast of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, in Kilju County, in northeast North Korea.

"This doesn't in any way, of course, justify the DPRK's missile and nuclear program, but to ignore the reasons for them is to be very short-sighted", Nebenzia said, using the initials of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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.

Beijing has repeatedly expressed concern about the rise of tensions over North Korea and, while it too has signed up for the increasingly tough United Nations sanctions, it has also urged a return to talks and for all parties to exercise restraint.

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The tougher stance follows North Korea's largest nuclear test earlier this month.

The North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 in what it said was the detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs. On its website, the USGS said that it "cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event".

Mr Trump later used his speech to the UN General Assembly to tell the world he would "totally destroy" North Korea if the US was threatened by its regime.

"It mostly comes from North Korea and it's been flooding northeastern China for years".

The fresh sanctions allow the government to cut access to the American financial system of any foreign financial company that conducts business with North Korea.

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Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov compared US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to children fighting in a kindergarten.

It imposes a 180-day ban on vessels and aircraft that have visited North Korea from visiting the US.

Because North Korea is the world's lowest-spending nuclear state, the level of economic stress needed to halt funding to the country's nuclear weapons program probably can not be applied without severe human costs.

She said Kim's aim in developing nuclear weapons is "to fulfill a long-term desire on the part of the North Korean regime to reunify the Korean Peninsula under the Kim family regime and proliferate these weapons and blackmail other countries".

Tillerson spoke Thursday at a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by the United States on "the acute threat" posed by the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. "The opening offer that the regime has offered is they want the United States to abandon their hostile policy toward North Korea".

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"The North has a long track record of manufacturing and selling drugs overseas and it is a convenient fallback for the regime to ratchet up production when sanctions are stepped up and it is harder for them to export legitimate goods", said Stephen Nagy, a senior associate professor of worldwide relations at Tokyo's global Christian University.