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Friday, February 24, 2017
North Korea Taunts China as ‘U.S. Vassal Force’ After Halt of Coal Shipments
North Korea has lashed out against its most prominent ally in the international community, China, in a commentary decrying its “friendly neighbor” for adhering to United Nations sanctions and halting the import of coal from the communist hermit kingdom.
While the opinion article on the Korean Central News Agency’s website does not mention China by name, North Korea only has one “friendly neighbor” and has reason to fear that its largest trading partner will cease being an economic lifeline for a government isolated from the world. In attacking China, the article teases Beijing as operating under U.S. control, as an inferior power to the United States.
China announced this week that it would no longer accept coal imported from North Korea for the remainder of 2017.
“This country, styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the U.S. while defending its mean behavior with such excuses that it was meant not to have a negative impact on the living of the people in the DPRK but to check its nuclear program,” the article reads. It goes on to accuse China of “inhumane steps such as totally blocking foreign trade related to the improvement of people’s living standard under the plea of the UN ‘resolutions on sanctions’ devoid of legal ground.” Later, the author accuses the “friendly neighbor” of “moves to bring down the social system in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea].” READ MORE