BBC: North Korea says China 'dancing to the tune of the US'
North Korea has lashed out at its only international ally, China, accusing it of giving in to American demands.
Last week, China announced a ban on coal imports during 2017, in response to North Korea's continuing ballistic missile tests.
The statement did not name China, but referred to a "neighbouring country" which "often claims" to be friendly.
"This country, styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the US," the state-run news agency said.
In a direct reference to the ban on imports, the statement said China had "taken inhumane steps such as totally blocking foreign trade", which would help its enemies "to bring down the social system" in North Korea.
The country relies on the coal trade with China for cash income.
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WNU Editor: There is going to be blow-back from China on North Korea for this.
North Korean state media: China dancing to U.S. tune -- AP
North Korea raps old ally China after China's ban on coal -- Reuters
North Korea Mocks China for ‘Dancing to U.S. Tune’ -- WSJ
North Korean state media lambastes key ally China for ‘dancing to tune of U.S.’ -- Japan Times
Is China Really ‘Dancing To The Tune Of The US’? -- Ryan Pickrell, Daily Caller