Earthquake in North Korea could signal new nuke test

China’s earthquake administration said on Saturday it had detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea

A 3.4 magnitude earthquake has been detected in North Korea, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency.

The quake came just hours after North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested on Friday that the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test.

Chinese weather officials said the tremor was the result of a “suspected explosion,” but an official from South Korea’s meteorological administration said the quake was not caused by an artificial blast.

Kim Jong Un, in an unusually direct statement to the world, pledged a day earlier to take “highest-level” action against the U.S. over President Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” the North if provoked.

Kim and Trump have been trading insults this week amid mounting tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

On Thursday, the President added economic action to his military threats against North Korea by authorizing harsher sanctions.

In response, Kim called Trump’s behavior “mentally deranged” and described him as “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire.”

Earlier this month, a 6.3 earthquake shook North Korea before the country’s state media claimed that it had carried out a successful hydrogen bomb test.

With News Wire Services

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