North Korea is feeling betrayed by its dearest friend in the world, lashing out at China for “dancing to the US tune” in an unusually hostile state media article.
On Sunday, China implemented a ban on all North Korean coal imports for the rest of the year in response to the Kim Jong-un regime’s continued ballistic missile tests.
Feeling scorned, the Korean Central News Agency published an article yesterday which refers to a “neighboring country” that often claims to be friendly.
“This country, styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the US,” the article reads in a tone that is usually reserved for the regime’s enemies, not its only international ally.
It goes on to accuse China of taking “inhumane steps” aimed at “bringing down the social system” of North Korea
Coal is North Korea’s main export and it exports most of its coal to China, helping to prop up its fragile economy, providing nearly half of its foreign currency.
Doubts have been expressed about how seriously China will enforce the ban. Its implementation appears to be aimed at putting pressure on the United States to return to the negotiation table with the nuclear-obsessed nation. After North Korea’s latest missile test, President Trump promised to deal with the regime “very strongly.”
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