24 September, 2017
CHANG: Kim lectured the USA president, calling his behavior mentally deranged.
Just yesterday, the country's foreign minister told reporters in NY that Pyongyang could test another hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.
The administration said in a statement on its website that the quake, which occurred around 0830 GMT, was recorded a depth of zero kilometres.
South Korea's government said it was the first direct address to the world by any North Korean leader.
Resisting intensifying global pressure, Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3 and has launched numerous missiles this year, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Trump is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in Thursday, two important U.S. allies on North Korea's doorstop.
The natural disaster was detected in an area around Kilju, in north-east North Korea. "In case innocent lives of the United States are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible". "So as of now, we are categorizing this as a natural quake".
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The natural disaster, which South Korea's Meteorological Agency put at magnitude 3.0, was detected 49 km from Kilju in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggye-ri nuclear site is located, the official said.
According to its website, the first quake - with a 2.6 magnitude occurred at 12:43 a.m. ET. Other possible causes include landslides or the collapsing of test structures such as tunnels, said Hong Tae-kyung, a professor at the department of Earth System Sciences at Yonsei University.
Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy expert at MIT, said such a test could pose a danger to shipping and aircraft, even if North Korea declares a keep-out zone.
"Two #Seismic Events! 0829UTC & much smaller @ 0443UTC unlikely Man-made!"
The president assured those in attendance, without details, that he would defend the USA against any offensives launched by North Korea: "I can tell you one thing, you are protected, OK?" The depth of the quake was 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
The order was created to dissuade Pyongyang from pursuing its nuclear missile program.
Ri's comments followed Kim's statement condemning President Trump as "mentally deranged", and appear to be just a guess of something they might do in response to President Trump's threat at the UN General Assembly to "totally destroy" North Korea.
In his debut address Tuesday to world leaders at this year's U.N. General Assembly meeting, Trump said the United States will have "no choice but to totally destroy North Korea" if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies.
Petroleum exports for use in the North Korea's ballistic missile program or other activities are banned by United Nations sanctions, the statement said. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he spoke at length with the head of China's central bank but "I am not going to comment on confidential discussions".
Foreign investors also seemed quite immune to Friday's fresh sabre-rattling from North Korea as they sold a relatively small net 5 billion won (S$5.95 million) worth of Kospi shares near mid-session.