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N. Korea nuclear test adds tension, concern in China's border cities

North Korea's latest nuclear test has created tension in China's
northeast region bordering North Korea, with military personnel on
the Chinese side seen peering through binoculars to monitor any
suspicious activity across the border and with local residents
concerned about the test's impact on their business.

"I don't think ties (between China and North Korea) will ever
improve," said a man running a retail shop in the city of Tumen in
Jilin Province, only dozens of meters from the border. He used to
visit North Korea to purchase items to sell in his shop, but now his
entry is restricted as bilateral ties have soured.

The man recalled the moment when North Korea carried out its
sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday, which other countries
have detected as an artificial earthquake near North Korea's nuclear
test site. "The chandelier in the shop rattled noisily," he said.

A man in the city of Longjing, also in Jilin Province, said he
was extremely frightened when the ground shook as North Korea tested
the bomb. "This area had shaken every time North Korea conducted a
nuclear test, but I had never felt such a large tremor."

"I screamed and ran from the building," said the 45-year-old
man, who is engaged in logistics business.

U.N. sanctions against North Korea's nuclear and missile
development also appeared to be affecting business in the
northeastern Chinese city of Hunchun, known as a hub for trade with
North Korea.

Many seafood shops that have traded North Korean seafood were
closed and the street was empty. Last month the U.N. Security Council
adopted a resolution fully banning North Korea from exporting
seafood, among other items.

The sanctions were imposed following Pyongyang's two
intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

"Many other fellow traders lost their jobs. The sanctions will
likely be prolonged because of this nuclear test," a 52-year-old
seafood trader said, expressing worries. (Sept. 4)


Photo taken Sept. 4, 2017, shows a Chinese soldier in Tumen, a Chinese city in Jilin Province on the North Korean border, looking toward North Korea. Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a day earlier. (Kyodo)


Photo taken Sept. 4, 2017, shows stores selling North Korean seafood in Hunchun, a Chinese city in Jilin Province on the North Korean border. Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a day earlier. (Kyodo)


Photo taken Sept. 4, 2017, shows a locked-up North Korean seafood store in Hunchun, a Chinese city in Jilin Province on the North Korean border. Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a day earlier. (Kyodo)