North Korea does not often rebuke China, as China is their only friend and neighbor that the country really has contact with. However, Kim Jong-un has insisted on attacking almost every country that has any kind of power, on some sort of strange power trip. However, a threat is a threat, and North Korea threatens the Western way of life.
The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper accused Beijing of “dancing to the tune of the US” and also for “stomping on a red line” as the country insists it will not give up its nukes.
The US has of course been encouraging China, as the only country with an open dialogue with North Korea, to convince Kim Jon-un to dismantle his nuclear programs.
The Daily Mail reports:
The commentary again singled out Beijing-sponsored newspapers The People’s Daily and Global Times, saying they should refrain from making ‘reckless remarks’, CNN reported.
Earlier in the day, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang insisted the country wanted to remain ‘good neighbours’ with North Korea.
The USA has urged China, North Korea’s only major ally, to do more to rein its nuclear programmes, with President Trump warning the ‘era of strategic patience’ is over.
n Beijing, Mr Shuang said: ‘China’s position on developing friendly, good-neighbourly relations with North Korea is also consistent and clear.’
China was unswervingly devoted to the denuclearisation of the peninsula and maintaining peace and security and resolving the issue through talks, he added.
China has repeatedly said that while it is happy to help arrange talks, it is ultimately up to the United States and North Korea to sort out their differences.
Diplomats say Washington and Beijing are negotiating a possible stronger UN Security Council response – such as new sanctions – to North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches.
The first statement from North Korea, issued on Wednesday through the state-backed Korean Central News Agency, said that the Chinese had attempted to shift the blame to Pyongyang for ‘deteriorated relations’ between China and North Korea and US deployment of strategic assets to the region.
It also accused China of ‘hyping up’ damage caused by North Korean nuclear tests to China’s three northeastern provinces.
Chinese state media calls for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program were ‘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 neighboring country which has a long history and tradition of friendship,’ it said.
The KCNA commentary said calls by ‘some ignorant politicians and media persons’ in China for stricter sanctions on North Korea and not ruling out military intervention if it refused to abandon its nuclear program, were ‘based on big-power chauvinism’.
It said North Korea’s nuclear program was needed for the ‘existence and development’ of the country and ‘can never be changed nor shaken.’
‘The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China,’ the commentary said.