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The September 3rd test was North Korea's most powerful detonation, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China.

Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to two million barrels per year, effective January 1, the Commerce Ministry said. It would ban exports of liquefied natural gas to the North immediately as well.

His comments came after Trump ordered new sanctions on individuals, companies and banks doing business with North Korea as he sought to further isolate the regime and increase economic pressure for it to curb its weapons programs. The restrictions announced on Saturday do not apply to crude oil, which makes up the biggest share of energy exports to the North. Textiles are believed to be the North's biggest source of foreign revenue following rounds of United Nations sanctions under which Beijing cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods.

North Korea has launched dozens of missiles this year, several of them flying over Japan, as it accelerates a weapons programme aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile. They support the latest UN Security Council sanctions but are reluctant to push Pyongyang too hard for fear Kim's government might collapse.

The forceful rhetoric from Pyongyang came after Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea in a speech Tuesday to the General Assembly.

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Earlier US president Donald Trump lashed out at Kim during a rally speech in Alabama.

"Trump's rubbish is the open declaration of war against our supreme dignity, state, social system and people, and an unpardonable extra-large provocation", the report said, adding that "the USA warmongers will face unimaginable consequences".

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Both leaders have been trading barbs.

Trump responded to Kim's threats on Twitter on Friday morning, calling him a "madman" who "will be tested like never before".

Trump on Tuesday told the United Nations the USA could "totally destroy" North Korea, provoking a fierce response from Pyongyang.

China also made a decision to limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea from October 1 in line with the export ceiling imposed under the U.N. Security Council Resolution No. 2375. China, one of five permanent council members with power to veto UN action, agreed to the measure after the United States toned down a proposal for a complete oil embargo.

Tillerson won't say what the US response would be if Kim's government tested a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

North Korea has abundant coal but depends nearly entirely on imports for oil and gas.

The quake, which South Korea's Meteorological Agency put at magnitude 3.0, was detected 49 km from Kilju in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggye-ri nuclear site is located, the official said. It said almost 80% went to China.

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