Earthquake Off North Korea Coast Not Result of Nuclear Test - Pentagon

Pentagon spokesperson Jamie Davis stated the registered indicators show that the natural disaster was 100% not caused by a nuclear test because it occurred way too far from the coast.

The underwater quake that registered early Thursday at 4:18 a.m. near North Korea may have initially raised suspicions Pyongyang had conducted a sixth nuclear test, according to Yonhap.

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The authorities said that the quake hit early in the morning at a depth of 538 km below the seabed. North Korean time at a depth of 537.6 km below the East Sea, 176 kilometers east-southeast of Hoemul-li, North Korea, the agency said on its website.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center reported Thursday's quake to be of magnitude 5.9.

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USGS seismologist Julie Dutton told Reuters that an natural disaster of that size is unusual for that area but not unprecedented. There's no way it was caused by a nuclear test.

Ultimately, the communist nation aims to build an ICBM capable of hitting the continental USA with a nuclear warhead fitted on top.

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Iron ore is among China's biggest imports from the North after it stopped buying coal this year due to the sanctions. He said Chinese imports from the North fell 36.5 percent in March, 41.6 percent in April and 31.6 percent in May.

A Pentagon spokesman also said initial indications showed that the quake did not result from a nuclear test. All of North Korea's underground nuclear tests have been conducted on land.

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