North Korea

China’s burden

Print edition : May 12, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a military parade celebrating the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, the country’s founder, on April 15 in Pyongyang. Photo: AP/Wong Maye-E

Missiles on display during the parade. Photo: REUTERS/DAMIR SAGOLJ

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech to military personnel on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, on April 19. Photo: Bloomberg/Tomohiro Ohsumi

China seems to be proposing to serve as the guardian of the North Korean regime, which is under threat of attack from the U.S. because of its defiant nuclear tests, provided it denuclearises.
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