Chinese paper blames US for N. Korea nuclear crisis
AFPBEIJING -- A Chinese state-run newspaper blamed Washington Monday for the North Korean nuclear crisis and another stressed Beijing's limited scope for action, six days after tensions rose with a third atomic test.
February 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The finger-pointing came as China's foreign ministry restated its “firm opposition” to the blast but mentioned no reprisals — a mild reply compared to the condemnation and threats of tough sanctions by the U.S. and other nations.
Beijing has propped up Pyongyang since the 1950-53 Korean War, for fear of instability that might bring refugees into its territory, a U.S.-led military escalation in the region or even a unified Korea with a U.S. military presence next door.
While Washington has pressed Beijing to use its trade and aid leverage over its dependent neighbor, some in China claim the U.S. in fact holds greater sway as it can offer North Korea its most-sought-after prize of a security guarantee.