Saturday, April 22, 2017
North Korea Warns China Of 'Catastrophic Consequences' If Sanctions Are Stepped-Up
Yonhap News Agency: N. Korea apparently slams China for stepped-up sanctions
SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has apparently asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of "catastrophic consequences" in their bilateral relations.
Pyongyang issued the warning through commentary written by a person named Jong Phil on its official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which was released Saturday.
It's rare for Pyongyang's media to level criticism at Beijing, though the KCNA didn't directly mention China in the commentary titled "Are you good at dancing to the tune of others" and dated Friday.
The commentary instead called the nation at issue "a country around the DPRK," using North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
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