China state media: North Korea would ‘pay a heavy price’ for nuclear test

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Chinese workers set up decorations for the upcoming Chinese New Year in Dandong, China, on Tuesday. Dandong is located across the Yalu river from the North Korean town of Sinuiju.

 

By Ed Flanagan, Producer, NBC News

Published at 10:35 a.m. ET: BEIJING – It remains unclear just when, if ever, North Korea will attempt its controversial third nuclear test, but there are growing signs that the reclusive nation’s biggest political ally is growing weary of its behavior.

A strongly worded editorial in China’s state-run Global Times newspaper Wednesday called on Beijing to get tough with Pyongyang if it conducts a nuclear test.

“If North Korea insists on a third nuclear test despite attempts to dissuade it, it must pay a heavy price,” the paper said. It called on China to cut economic aid to the struggling country as punishment.

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