China announced Saturday that a 3.4-magnitude earthquake that was detected in North Korea could have been caused by an explosion that was part of a nuclear test. However, South Korea believes that the earthquake was a natural occurrence.

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Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A few hours after China announced the enforcement of the new UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang, Beijing reported that an earthquake, most likely caused by an explosion, was detected in North Korea. According to the reports, the 3.4-magnitude earthquake was detected near North Korea’s nuclear test site, where previous tests that resulted in earthquakes have been carried out.

Despite China’s statement, South Korea reviewed the data collected from the earthquake and said that it appears to have been a natural occurrence completely unrelated to a potential nuclear test.

As reported earlier by JOL, as part of the new sanctions on North Korea, China will limit the export of oil products to North Korea and ban the import of textiles from the isolated state. The Chinese Commerce Ministry stated that the limit on oil exports will begin on October 1 while the ban on textile imports has already gone into effect.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump continued to criticize North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday. During a Friday night rally in Arizona, Trump vowed to deal with “Little Rocket Man,” referring to Kim. “We can’t have madmen out there shooting rockets all over the place,” he said. “And by the way, Rocket Man should have been handled a long time ago.”