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3.5-magnitude quake rattles N Korea near nuclear test site

PYONGYONG: A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site on Saturday, US seismologists said, in what Chinese experts said was a “suspected explosion”, but Seoul deemed a “natural earthquake”. It came after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, as international alarm mounts over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 20 kilometres (12…

Trump calls N. Korea’s Kim Jong-Un ‘madman with nuclear weapons’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a "madman with nuclear weapons" during a telephone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a transcript of the conversation released by US media Tuesday. A White House readout of the April 29 call characterized it as a "very friendly conversation." Days after the conversation, Trump said publicly that he would be "honored" to meet with Kim. But in the call, Trump hinted at a possible dramatic escalation on the Korean…

UN chief strongly condemns N Korea missile launch

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, describing it as a "further troubling violation" of UN resolutions. "The DPRK leadership must return to full compliance with its international obligations and to the path of denuclearization," said Guterres in a statement. North Korea said it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, claiming advances in a weapons programme it is…