August 11, 2010 09:29
China has asked North Korea to treat humanely three Chinese crewmen on board the South Korean trawler Daeseung that was seized in the East Sea on Sunday.
The state-run People's Daily on Tuesday quoted officials at the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang as saying they are "verifying" South Korean news reports that three Chinese crewmen were aboard the Daeseung.
They said the embassy in Pyongyang and the Chinese Consulate General in Chongjin, where the trawler was towed, "closely followed the report," according to the news agency. If it is confirmed, North Korea "should treat the Chinese crewmembers well with humanitarianism, guarantee their rights and interests, and inform the Chinese side of their conditions," they said.
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