Lack of Options on North Korea Presses China to Shift Policy

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Korea Meteorological Administration members dicuss seismic waves coming from North Korea. Photographer: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North Korea has thumbed its nose at the world for decades. The question now is whether its pursuit of a hydrogen bomb may have irritated China, its biggest trading partner, enough to pave the way for tougher sanctions at the United Nations.

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