A government-run news agency in North Korea threw a jab at China by warning of "grave consequences" over its involvement in North Korea's feud with the West.
According to The Korea Times, Kim Chol wrote an opinion piece for the Korean Central News Agency and said China needs to watch where it steps.
"China should no longer try to test the limits of the DPRK's patience," the story reads, reports the Times. "China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of DPRK-China relations."
The United States has pressured North Korea in recent weeks to stand down on its development of a nuclear weapon. Amid seemingly daily threats on the U.S. from Pyongyang, President Donald Trump sent an armada of Naval ships to the region in a show of military force.
The Trump administration has tried to convince China, an ally of North Korea, to lean on the secretive nation and join the international community in standing up to North Korea.
China has banned imports of North Korean coal, one of its top exports.
North Korea has responded to the international pressure with more threats and continuing to test missiles.
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