China Experts: 3.4-quake Hits N. Korea in ‘Suspected Explosion’
Agence France Presse
23 Sep 2017
China’s seismic service CENC on Saturday detected a zero-depth, 3.4-magnitude earthquake in North Korea, calling it a “suspected explosion”.
The epicenter is roughly the same as that of a previous shallow earthquake on September 3, which turned out to be caused by a North Korean nuclear test, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.
The earthquake comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions that has raised international alarm.
There seemed to be some initial difference of opinion, however, with Seoul’s Korea Meteorological Agency (KMA) saying that it had registered a tremor of a similar size, but judged it a “natural quake”.
The quake comes amid soaring tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons program, with the firing of two missiles over Japan in recent weeks and its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.
The September 3rd test was North Korea’s most powerful detonation, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China.
…Pyongyang later said it had tested a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile — an assertion that no foreign government has so far confirmed.
The move prompted global condemnation, leading the U.N. Security Council to unanimously adopt new sanctions that include restrictions on oil shipments.
Hydrogen bombs, or H-bombs, are thermonuclear weapons far more powerful than ordinary fission-based atomic bombs, and use a nuclear blast to generate the intense temperatures required for fusion to take place.
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.
Monitoring groups estimate that the nuclear test conducted in North Korea earlier this month had a yield of 250 kilotons, which is 16 times the size of the U.S. atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.
Washington announced tougher restrictions Friday aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, building on new, tough United Nations sanctions aimed to choke Pyongyang of cash. E O: Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea
…But on the fringes of the U.N. meeting this week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho upped the tensions further, telling reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory.
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While I don’t doubt Seoul’s information, I do believe that China would not release such a report without cause and concern.
This chest bumping rhetoric is dangerous and to some degree unnecessary. Let the new sanctions imposed do their job and stop baiting the madman.
Actually, the Democrats have pushed for years to start a war just as we saw evidence of their intent during the last presidential election. They chose Russia first, but I doubt they care who it is with. Some of them must have invested heavily in war equipment and weaponry.
I am very glad Trump has taken a stand in letting this regime know that their tactics are no longer working; but, sometimes I think his yard dog tactics are a bit over the top for me. When you are dealing with a psychopath, poking only enrages and creates problems. In this case it creates a dangerous situation for many, many people.
To me what is truly crazy is not this problem, though it is extremely serious, but the one on our own shores. You would think that Democrats and liberals would have learned to shut up by now and realize the more they rant and agitate, the more noise there is. The more noise there is, the LESS citizens have time and opportunity to determine for themselves just whether President Trump is succeeding in his job or whether he is not. But then they would become less relevant and receive less media air time so I guess that won’t ever happen. It is possible that without their stupidity, we as a nation would be more inclined to review President Trump’s actions with a clearer eye. Their determination to hate on Trump is only fueling our own internal war of words and possibly eventually actions.
The same holds true with North Korea. The more they posture and refuse to come to the table in some effort to solve this dilemma, the more noise there comes between the world powers. The more words exchanged, the less likely of a solution other than war.
I just saw a video of Kim Jong-Un during the past few days as he was “supported” in his walking to the podium by two of his top aides who appeared to actually be holding him up. The fact that he was faltering in his walking and that when they turned loose for a moment he appeared to stagger shakily to the side provides more grist for the mill.
Perhaps he had imbibed a little too freely with some recreational drug or alcohol. Or might we consider the questions–Is his health okay or is he actually more a figure-head for his military who has the goal of war as a heroic effort for them as underdog? What would happen in the case of his health taking a turn for the worst? Would the military step in and complete a goal that many of them have had for years thanks to Kim Jong-Un Un’s supposedly revered grandfather? Or, would they step back and negotiate to save the country?