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The China-North Korea Friendship Bridge has been in service for more than 70 years. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

China-North Korea border bridge closes for repairs

Beijing says shutdown is unrelated to sanctions

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- A major border bridge between China and North Korea was closed for repairs Monday, temporarily cutting off a vital trade corridor between the two countries.

China's Foreign Ministry maintains that repairs to the China-North Korea Friendship Bridge over the Yalu River are being made at the North Koreans' request. Beijing denies any link between the bridge closure and international sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program.

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