China Increases N. Korea Cargo Inspections

    FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2012 file photo, Chinese paramilitary policemen build a fence near a concrete marker depicting the North Korean and Chinese national flags with the words "China North Korea Border" at a crossing in the Chinese border town of Tumen in eastern China's Jilin province. China is trying to punish ally North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests, stepping up inspections of North Korean-bound cargo in a calibrated effort to send a message of Chinese pique without further provoking a testy Pyongyang government. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

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    Even North Korea's allies are trying to put it in its place. China has now jumped into the fray, announcing Friday that it is stepping up inspections on cargo headed for North Korea as punishment for Pyongyang's recent nuclear and missile tests. Businesspeople who trade with the country are frustrated at the new cost, which has risen with the ramped-up inspections. But China—North Korea’s major economic ally— is facing increased pressure to uphold U.N. sanctions after the tests. Don't expect China to cut off N. Korea entirely—it faces too many consequences if the Kim government collapses.

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