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24 September 2017, 12:11 | Bernice Figueroa
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Such tests have been conducted in the past by the United States and China but not in recent decades. The last test registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake.
Tensions have continued to rise around the Korean peninsula since Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test, prompting a new round of United Nations sanctions.
"To put a live nuclear warhead on a missile that's only been tested a handful of times, overflying potentially populated centers. It is truly terrifying if something goes wrong".
A ban on textile imports from the North will go into effect immediately, the statement said.
A magnitude 3.4 tremor detected in North Korea thought to be a "suspected explosion", China's quake administration said. The quake was centred near North Korea's nuclear test site.
The quake comes 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 that has raised worldwide alarm. He said that "we can not deny the possibility it may fly over our country".
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called Pyongyang's remarks and behavior "completely unacceptable".
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.
A Friday commentary from the North's official Korean Central News Agency accused the party newspaper People's Daily and other party news outlets of "kowtowing to the ignorant acts of the Trump Administration". It said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Korea's "reckless behavior".
North Korea has launched dozens of missiles this year, several flying over Japan, as it accelerates its program aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.
Miyagi also said funds for maintaining emergency shelters ran out after the Cold War ended.
Narang said a test high enough over the ocean would limit the radioactive fallout but risks included damage from an electro-magnetic pulse, something Pyongyang has hinted it might employ on an attack on the United States or its allies.
North Korea's nuclear tests to date have all been underground, and experts say an atmospheric test, which would be the first since one by China in 1980, would be proof of the success of its weapons program.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said this week that "we're witnessing a very risky confrontation spiral around (North Korea)". 23, 2017, North Korean state media KCNA announced leader Kim Jong Un had visited the country's Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Sciences.
A day earlier, Kim reacted to Trump's provocative speech at the U.N.by equating the USA president to "a frightened dog" and a "mentally deranged US dotard", employing an obscure insult for someone declining into senility.
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's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, now in NY for a United Nations meeting, warned on Thursday that Kim could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports that Ri told reporters in NY that a response "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific".
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