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N. Korean restaurants in China quiet over nuclear standoff

All News 19:34 March 09, 2016

SHENYANG, China, March 9 (Yonhap) -- Clad in colorful traditional Korean hanbok dress, about 10 North Korean waitresses cheerfully greeted a guest as he enters a North Korean restaurant in China's northeastern city of Shenyang.

They greeted them with an "Eoseo oseyo," meaning welcome in Korean.

But, there are no other guests inside the restaurant during lunch on Wednesday, which had been once jam-packed with South Korean tourists and Chinese businessmen who were going to or coming from North Korea.

"There are few customers these days," a North Korean waitress said, growing silent when asked about the new U.N. resolution targeting North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

South Korea has urged its citizens living in or traveling to China to avoid eating at North Korean restaurants as part of its efforts to cut off any cash flow to North Korea.

North Korea is estimated to be operating about 100 restaurants in China, a legitimate revenue source for the cash-strapped country.

The mood is similar at another North Korean restaurant in central Beijing.

In a hall of some 10 tables, only two tables were occupied during lunchtime on Wednesday

Asked about the South Korean government's advisory warning, North Korean waitresses at the Beijing restaurant were also tight-lipped.

North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and launched a long-range rocket about a month later, both of which violated previous U.N. resolutions.

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