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The latest nuclear test by North Korea has raised international concerns and tensions
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North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3, prompting the U.N. Security Council to step up sanctions with a ban on the reclusive regime's textile exports and a cap on fuel supplies.

Trump says during a meeting with Malaysia's prime minister that he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the vote, but weren't sure if the new sanctions would have any impact.

The Taurus missile launched from an F-15 jetfighter traveled through obstacles at low altitudes before striking a target off the South's western coast, the Defense Ministry said.

The new sanctions imposed unanimously by the UN Security Council Monday ban North Korean textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products.

They have proposed a freeze-for-freeze which would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises - something the Trump administration has rejected as a false equivalence.

State Department and Treasury Department officials are testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the pressure campaign against North Korea's weapons development.

The North said its latest nuclear test involved a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles that were flight tested twice in July.

Bertucci believes that the sanctions will not make much of a difference in the way North Korea's economy works, especially regarding its nuclear program, and that Russian Federation and China may not fully implement the sanctions. The latest threat comes following sanctions that were approved by China and Russian Federation.

President Trump has tweeted many times on the increasing pressures between North Korea and the US, saying that "North Korea has conducted a major nuclear test". The website, run by the U.S. -Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, based this on global monitoring groups' revised figures that boosted the estimated size of the natural disaster triggered by the nuclear test to magnitude 6.1.

While Russia and China back these measures, they have been calling for a freeze-for-freeze agreement, which would see the USA and South Korea halt military drills in exchange for Pyongyang stopping its nuclear and missile program. The DPRK condemned in the strongest terms and categorically rejected the UNSC's resolution 2375 on sanctions as "a product of heinous provocation aimed at depriving the DPRK of its legitimate right for self defence and completely suffocating its state and people through full-scale economic blockade", said the statement.

He said he was confident that China and Russian Federation were on board with the resolution, which he characterized as a "major step in increased pressure". "China does not want North Korea to collapse, but wants a stick to get it to the negotiating table".

Exports of refined oil to North Korea will be cut in about half, to 2 million barrels annually, according to a USA diplomat involved in the talks. But she also held out the prospect of a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

In a report published Tuesday, the North Korea-watching website 38 North said the estimated yield of the bomb was believed to be around 250 kilotons.

"We now have more tools in our toolbox, and we will continue to use them and put additional sanctions on North Korea until they stop this behavior".

At the hearing, U.S. officials released intelligence findings that they said showed how North Korea earns income from smuggling coal and other commodities to Russian Federation and China. "The forthcoming measures [.] will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history".

The resolution came a week after the reclusive regime conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test, and after it has launched 13 ballistic missiles so far this year. This comes after North Korea's latest nuclear test.

Joint ventures will be banned and the names of senior North Korean official and three entities were added to a United Nations sanctions blacklist that provides for an assets freeze and a global travel ban.

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