NKorean restaurants feel the pinch amid standoff with South

February 23, 2016 5:20 AM

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BEIJING (AP) — Shortly after 7:30, the servers at China's biggest North Korean restaurant become singers. They emerge for their nightly performances in orange and purple satin dresses and stiletto heels, belting out ballads with their arms extended, would-be divas shimmering under hot lights.

On some other night, when the house is packed and the soju flowing, this might set off a singalong, with tables of South Korean tourists clapping wholesomely in the front and smoky huddles of their expat businessmen compatriots leering not-so-wholesomely from the back.

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