The once friiendly bond North Korea shared with China is quickly waning. China is steadily working at constructing a massive concrete barrier, 8 to 15 feet tall with stringed barbed wire between. It took 100 soldiers only four days to complete the structure. The project was approved in 2003, according to experts. Still, the quick work of China’s People’s Liberation Army soldiers seems oddly coincidental with North Korea’s October 9 nuclear tests. China remains quiet on the subject of the fence, citing national security issues.

China has dealt with increasing border crossings as North Korea’s economy has slowly and continuously collapsed. The nuclear tests, the BBC argues, are only an indicator of how dire the North Korean economy has actually become. Is it possible that North Korea is using nuclear power to bargain for necessities such as food and oil?

If this is the case, it seems to be back-firing for North Korea. With China, Russia, the U.S. and the rest of the United Nations putting pressure on the country, North Korea seems to be buckling. An appology has been issued by Kim Jong II, a North Korean leader. Whether or not the appology is genuine or not, is up for considerable debate with suspiscions that North Korea is continuing nuclear testing.

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