China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with North Korea

China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with 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.

Washington announced tougher restrictions Friday aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programme, building on tough new United Nations sanctions aimed at choking Pyongyang of cash.

All of North Korea's previous six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 4.3 or above.

Trump's latest steps to punish foreign companies that deal with the North was the latest salvo in a US -led campaign to isolate and impoverish the government of Kim Jong Un until it halts the missile and nuclear tests.

Two South Korean officials at the Korea Meteorological Administration told CNN that their analysis so far suggests Saturday's seismic activity around the nuclear site was not caused by an explosion or a collapse of the site.

Two low-magnitude events were detected near North Korea's nuclear test site Saturday afternoon, apparently as a result of the September 3 nuclear detonation, said Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CNTBTO), a global watchdog group of nuclear activity. "We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event".

The announcement follows days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un's regime, which has raised worldwide alarm.

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".

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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.

The United States and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is embracing markets and is establishing more channels of interactions with the outside world - even with efforts by the worldwide community to impose sanctions.

The Commerce Ministry in Beijing said that starting on October 1, China would limit supplies of refined petroleum products, local media reports.

North Korea relies heavily on textiles, it's one last major source of foreign revenue.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said this week that "we're witnessing a very risky confrontation spiral around (North Korea)".

The US has accused China of not doing enough to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear programme.

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