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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea counts on Chinese support amid nuclear deadlock

Sanctions pressure leaves Pyongyang increasingly dependent on main ally

SEOUL/BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Pyongyang this week hinted at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's reliance on Beijing not only to draw the U.S. back to the negotiating table, but also to support a country hemmed in by American economic and military pressure.

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