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N Korea ready for more tests: source

COMPROMISING POSITION:The source said that China would support UN sanctions against North Korea, as Pyongyang’s actions were a distraction to its leadership

Reuters, BEIJING

Sanctions have so far not discouraged North Korea from pursuing its nuclear ambitions.

The source with ties to Beijing and Pyongyang said that China would again support UN sanctions.

North Korea’s actions were a distraction for China’s leadership, which was concerned that the escalations could inflame public opinion in China and hasten military build-ups in the region, he said, adding that he saw little room for compromise under North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong-un, who appears to have followed his father, Kim Jong-il, in the “military first” strategy that has pushed North Korea closer to a workable nuclear missile at the expense of economic development.

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