U.S.-China friction gives Kim Jong Un the freedom to fire away

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U.S.-China friction gives Kim Jong Un the freedom to fire away

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pyongyang in this undated photo released on June 21, 2019. | KCNA / VIA REUTERS
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North Korea’s unprecedented barrage of missiles is underscoring the cost of Washington’s tensions with Beijing, since China has shown little appetite for additional sanctions over the country’s nuclear program.

China, along with Russia, played a critical role in approving United Nations sanctions on their neighbor after Kim Jong Un tested an atomic bomb and launched a missile designed to carry warheads to the U.S. five years ago. There’s little prospect of finding such unity on the U.N. Security Council now, even though North Korea has fired about 100 ballistic missiles since the U.N. approved its last penalties in 2017.

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