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North Korean media issues rare criticism of China over nuclear warnings

Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 01:01

North Korea's state media publishes a rare criticism of China, saying Chinese state media commentaries calling for tougher sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear program are undermining relations and worsening tensions. Samantha Vadas reports.

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North Korea may be known for its belligerence, but right now, the wrath of Pyongyang is being aimed in an unusual direction. State media bashing Chinese newspapers for their calls for tougher sanctions, saying it's the work of "ignorant politicians and media" based on "big-power chauvinism" and that absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from Beijing every day. China is the North's one and only major ally, but that didn't stop Pyongyang's official news agency from warning Beijing to think about the consequences of its actions as it discusses possible new sanctions with the U.S. after repeated North Korean missile launches. The North also accuses Beijing of hyping up damage caused by nuclear tests and claiming they pose a direct threat to China, adding that its weapons program is needed for quote the 'existence and development' of the country and can 'never be changed or shaken'.

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North Korean media issues rare criticism of China over nuclear warnings

Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 01:01