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Amid strained ties, N.Korea congratulates China on party congress

SEOUL - North Korea sent a congratulatory message to China’s 19th Congress of its Communist Party on Wednesday, amid increasingly frayed relationships between the traditional allies, as China tightens sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
The central committee of the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea said that China has made "great progress in accomplishing the cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics" under the correct guidance of the Communist Party of China.
"We are greatly pleased over this," the party central committee said in the message carried by the official KCNA news agency, adding that it "sincerely wished" the China congress "satisfactory success."

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