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The Chinese border town of Dandong accounts for 70% of China's trade with North Korea.
North Korea Crisis

Crackdown on North Korean workers starves Pyongyang of cash

China is shutting restaurants and other businesses run by the North

DAISUKE HARASHIMA and HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writers | China

DANDONG, China/SEOUL -- A slew of North Korean businesses in China have closed amid ever-stricter international sanctions on the isolated state, a sign that efforts to curb Pyongyang's income from citizens employed abroad are working as intended.

A once-thriving North Korean restaurant occupying a five-story building in the Chinese city of Dandong stood deserted at the end of November, tables and chairs strewn haphazardly around the dining room. A sign on the door announced the eatery was closed for maintenance. But a little repair work is unlikely to get the restaurant up and running again.

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