China has tools to pressure Kim but worries of consequences


September 6, 2017

BEIJING (AP) — China has the economic tools to pressure North Korea but fears pushing Kim Jong Un's government so hard it collapses.

Though China has long been the North's main trading partner and diplomatic protector, Kim's nuclear and missile tests have alienated Chinese leaders, who supported last month's U.N. sanctions that slash North Korean revenue by banning sales of coal and iron ore. President Donald Trump and others have called on China to use its leverage to do more to halt the North's nuclear development.

Beijing tried to head off the latest nuclear test, conducted Sunday, by...

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