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    China Suspends North Korea Exchanges, Yonhap Reports

    Source [Bloomberg | China Suspends North Korea Exchanges, Yonhap Reports]

    June 1 (Bloomberg) -- China suspended government exchanges with North Korea after Kim Jong-Il’s regime last week tested a nuclear device and fired short-range missiles, Yonhap News said.

    China has halted plans to send officials to North Korea and won’t accept visits from Kim’s government either, the Korean- language news agency said today, citing unidentified diplomatic sources in Beijing.

    China’s foreign ministry has said the country “resolutely opposes” North Korea’s nuclear test. China on May 25 agreed with the U.S., Japan and Russia to work toward a United Nations Security Council resolution censuring North Korea. The U.S. and Japan want the statement to call for cutting the communist country’s global financial ties, UN diplomats said.

    China’s foreign ministry didn’t immediately respond to a faxed request for comment today.
    Even though it was obvious that China would reign in NK eventually, I'm surprised that it happened so soon and so abruptly. It will be interesting to see how Kim responds to this

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    Re: China Suspends North Korea Exchanges, Yonhap Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    Even though it was obvious that China would reign in NK eventually, I'm surprised that it happened so soon and so abruptly. It will be interesting to see how Kim responds to this
    What's so surprising about it? Kim abrograted the 1953 armistice. China wants a lot of things but a war on the Korean Peninsula is definitely not on the list.

    Just as an errant child gets a strap on the buttocks when he or she crosses the street without parent to protect him or her, Kim gets some smackdown when he strays too far from China's course. North Korea exists to make China look good and for no other reason.

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