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    The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) is launched during a test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

    North Korea Suffers ‘Artificial’ Earthquake Tremor Due to ‘Explosion’ – Reports

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    The tremor was 2.1 on the Richter scale and may be the result of an explosion in a mine, the Korea Times reported.

    The Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) said that a moderate 2.1-magnitude earth tremor was in fact "artificial" seismic activity, presumed to be the result of an explosion inside a mine in the mining town of Pyonggang.

    "The epicentre is measured to be near the land surface," a KMA official said.

    The reports came after new activity was detected at a factory that produced North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the United States.

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    South Korean spy chief Suh Hoon said that movement of cargo vehicles was spotted recently around a North Korean ICBM factory, JoongAng Ilbo reported. The paper also quoted Suh as saying North Korea continued to run its uranium enrichment facility at the Yongbyon nuclear site after the first summit between Trump and Kim last June in Singapore.

    The reports emerged just days after the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, which finished abruptly without any deal or declaration due to the parties' failure to agree on the scale of North Korea’s denuclearization and US-led sanctions relief. US President Trump said on Wednesday he would be "disappointed" if the reports of new nuclear activity in North Korea are true.

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