Seismic activity detected near North Korean nuclear site; cause is unknown

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

But he said there were questions about North Korea's technical capabilities and Washington did not give "too much credence" to Pyongyang taking such action.

Abe and Trump confirmed that the two countries will work together to press Pyongyang on this point, as well as to secure the release of USA citizens held in North Korea.

The council has told member countries to ban most activity overseas by North Korea's banks in response to its nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under Kim Jong Un's leadership as it accelerates a weapons program created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

"Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world., we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history", Kim said.

Saturday's seismic activity came just hours before North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho - who warned on Thursday that North Korea could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific - was due to address the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday paved the way for sanctions against foreign companies doing business with North Korea, a dramatic ratcheting up of pressure on the regime.

North Korea has little energy production of its own, but does refine some petroleum products from crude oil it imports - which is not included in the new ban. Yuri Maltsev / Reuters Children prepare for a performance in Onchon County near Pyongyang, North Korea.

China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade.

Jose threatens rip currents, flooding off New Jersey coast
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jose is swirling east of New Jersey, but forecasters are warning of rip currents and coastal flooding. Wednesday night through Thursday, portions of coastal southeast New England may see bands of rain, possibly heavy at times.

In that speech, the US President mocked the North Korea leader as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

Ri did not respond on Saturday when asked by reporters whether North Korea had conducted a new nuclear test.

It's the second time Trump has referred to Kim by the new nickname, which is likely a play on the eponymous Elton John song and the numerous missile tests Kim has overseen. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, drawing stiffer United Nations sanctions.

The latest threats of a bomb-and-missile test coming out of Pyongyang, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported earlier this month, raises the specter not seen since the height of the Cold War.

The president said Kim's "reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons ... threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life".

Media captionHow would war with North Korea unfold?

How are South Koreans talking about North Korea's nuclear threats? "He was clearly offended by the speech, and what concerns me most is the response he says he is considering".

"For too long North Korea has evaded sanctions and used the worldwide financial system to facilitate funding for its weapons and mass destruction and ballistic missile programs", he said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin unveiled a new round of USA sanctions against North Korea Thursday, this time targeting banks that, he said, "enable this regime's economic activity".

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