North Korea Threatens China With “Grave Consequences” Over “Betrayal”
Big Daddy Xi vs. Lil’ Kim, ya’ll! The commies could get kinetic soon.
Earlier today the Korea Times ran a story alleging that China sent North Korea what amounted to a stern and final warning over its military provocations and “non-stop transgressions.” The story cited the May issue of Hong Kong monthly news sheet Dong Xiang. It said a Chinese Ministry official invited Park Myung-ho to a diplomatic get-together. China’s steely Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the meeting and asked his ‘client state’ emissary to read aloud a warning not to proceed with a nuclear test. The memorandum mentioned that China will condemn it strongly, and revoke all economic and financial aid (and even impose Chinese sanctions on the squirrely North!) if it conducted the test. It didn’t take North Korea long to respond.
In an almost unprecedented criticism of China just moments ago, North Korean bigwigs said Chinese state outlets calling for tougher sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program were “undermining relations with Beijing and worsening tensions.” As Reuters reports, a story carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) slammed China’s “insincerity and betrayal,” referring to recent commentaries in China’s People’s Daily and Global Times newspapers, which it said were “widely known as media speaking for the official stand of the Chinese party and government.” The response was terse and aggressive…“A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser…China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations.”
The KCNA commentary charged that the Chinese articles had attempted to shift the blame to Pyongyang for “deteriorated relations” between China and North Korea and the U.S. deployment of “strategic assets” to the region. It also accused China of “hyping up” damage caused by North Korean nuclear tests which could be felt across three northeastern provinces in the PRC.
Chinese state media is now calling for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program — “a wanton violation of the independent and legitimate rights, dignity and supreme interests” of North Korea and constituted “an undisguised threat to an honest-minded neighbor which has a long history and tradition of friendship.” North Korea’s “media” responded by explaining that the nuclear program was needed for the “existence and development” of the country and “can never be changed nor shaken.”
“North Korea will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China,” said the northern commie rabble-rouser. The plot thickens.
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