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4/7/2014 (1 year ago)

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NK's only real ally takes strong position against new, promised nuclear test

Increasingly isolated, nettlesome North Korea can only count on mainland China as its only true ally - but even that friendship has limits. In unusually strong language China has warned North Korea about pursuing further nuclear ambitions. China's state-run newspaper called on North Korea last week to "abandon illusions" about its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons, on the eve of the North's promised new, nuclear test.

Tension on the Korean Peninsula has ratcheted up further recently after North Korea conducted a live-fire drill near the tense Yellow Sea border. About one hundred North Korean artillery shells fell in South Korean waters, prompting the South to return fire.

Tension on the Korean Peninsula has ratcheted up further recently after North Korea conducted a live-fire drill near the tense Yellow Sea border. About one hundred North Korean artillery shells fell in South Korean waters, prompting the South to return fire.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/7/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: China, North Korea, nuclear ambitions, test


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - China's Global Times published the editorial after North Korea threatened to carry out a "new form" of nuclear test. The threatened test comes more than a year after its third nuclear test. The previous test, in lieu of intimidating the west, mostly heightened tension and strained ties with China.

The newspaper said North Korea would face more "international isolation, poverty and risks of danger in the Pyongyang regime if North Korea sticks to a nuclear test."

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The editorial accused North Korea's nuclear brinkmanship is aimed at attracting the attention of the United States. The authors warned that such tactics will not work anymore, describing the North's nuclear saber-rattling as "nuclear blackmail.

"Although there is a nuclear deterrence in the world, but there is no nuclear blackmail," the editorial said.

"The U.S. will not allow North Korea to develop a missile that can hit the continental U.S.," it said. "If that day comes, the U.S. will take measures against North Korea."

North Korea over the past weekend vowed not to rule out a "new form" of nuclear test after the U.N. Security Council condemned its latest missile launches amid ongoing joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises.

Tension on the Korean Peninsula has ratcheted up further recently after North Korea conducted a live-fire drill near the tense Yellow Sea border. About one hundred North Korean artillery shells fell in South Korean waters, prompting the South to return fire.

Outside experts suspect that the "new form" of nuclear test may be based on enriched uranium. The North has so far conducted three nuclear tests widely believed to be based on plutonium.

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