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In an unusually hostile message, North Korean state media accuse ‘friendly neighbor’ of ‘dancing to U. S. tune’


Though China isn’t specifically named, it’s clear who is being accused of ‘mean behavior.’
In an unusual commentary released by state media Thursday, North Korea accused a foreign country that claims to be a “friendly neighbor” of measures tantamount to an attempt to bring down the Pyongyang regime.
“This country, styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the U. S. while defending its mean behavior with such excuses that it was meant not to have a negative impact on the living of the people in [North Korea] but to check its nuclear program,” read an English-language translation of the commentary published by North Korean state news agency KCNA.
While the country in question is not identified, the commentary appears to be clearly aimed at China — long one of North Korea’s only major allies and a “big brother” often accused of propping up the Pyongyang regime.
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However, relations between China and North Korea have become strained in recent weeks by a number of key events. Experts say that Beijing has grown deeply frustrated with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after a  recent missile test  and the assassination of Kim’s half brother , long protected by China, at a Malaysian airport.
China’s anxiety over North Korea may have been heightened by a lack of clear policy on Pyongyang from President Trump, who has criticized China for supporting North Korea and promised more decisive U.

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