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North Korea's isolation grows as even friends turn up the heat

African, Middle Eastern cooperation crucial to giving sanctions real bite

TOMOYO OGAWA and MASANORI TOBITA, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

TOKYO/IRBIL, Iraq -- African and Middle Eastern countries that have enjoyed security and economic ties with North Korea are rethinking their positions, underscoring the swelling international push to tighten the dragnet around the isolated regime for its continued provocations.

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