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    Pyongyang: Absence of Chinese Assistance 'Will Strengthen Our Resolve'

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    North Korea can do without China's economic assistance, the central committee of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party said Friday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — This comes amid mounting pressure on North Korea’s neighbor China to cut economic assistance to the struggling economy after a recent nuclear test.

    "Foreign assistance is a good thing but its absence is equally useful – it will strengthen our resolve," the ruling party was cited in the Rodong Sinmun (Workers' Newspaper), the North Korea's main national daily.

    The government said that way the nation could achieve its dream on its own, using its own resources and technology.

    China reportedly accounts for 90 percent of the reclusive country’s exports. Following reports from Pyongyang on January 6 that it had tested a hydrogen bomb, Washington demanded that Beijing stop buying North Korea’s petroleum products and anthracite.


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