Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

China urges North Korea to not to go further in 'dangerous direction'

China urges North Korea to not to go further in 'dangerous direction'

Seoul's Meteorological Administration assessed the quake as natural, while China called the earthquake a "suspected explosion".

The first sign Pyongyang has conducted a nuclear test is usually seismic activity.

The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan held bilateral talks on Friday to discuss their coordinated approach toward the growing threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions. It marked their first meeting since North Korea fired an intermediate ballistic missile over Japan on September 15. Its initial view was that it was a natural quake.

Russia's emergency ministry says background radiation in nearby Vladivostok was within the natural range.

The move escalated tensions with the US and North Korea's neighbors, and this week its foreign minister said the regime's options included testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

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Resuming peace talks was just as much a part of the United Nations resolutions as enforcing sanctions, Wang said, according to a statement issued by China's Foreign Ministry late on Friday.

Ri is due to address the United Nations later on Saturday.

Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump have exchanged a variety of barbs through state media agencies and Twitter respectively, in recent days.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the U.S. must stick to promises of non-aggression towards the North and urged the Koreans "not to go further along a risky direction".

The elder Kono recently raised eyebrows when he appeared to criticise his son's government, saying there should be more cooperation with China over North Korea.

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