British, German envoys travelto North Korean blast site

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16 September 2004 , BEIJING - The British and German ambassadors to North Korea on Thursday travelled with other foreign diplomats from Pyongyang to the site of a huge explosion close to North Korea's border with China, British officials said. Ambassador David Slinn led the party of diplomats from seven nations that left Pyongyang on Thursday morning on board a plane chartered by the North Korean foreign ministry, said spokesmen for the British embassies in Pyongyang and Beijing. "As far as I know, he ha

16 September 2004   

BEIJING - The British and German ambassadors to North Korea on Thursday travelled with other foreign diplomats from Pyongyang to the site of a huge explosion close to North Korea's border with China, British officials said.

Ambassador David Slinn led the party of diplomats from seven nations that left Pyongyang on Thursday morning on board a plane chartered by the North Korean foreign ministry, said spokesmen for the British embassies in Pyongyang and Beijing.

"As far as I know, he hasn't returned (to Pyongyang)," a British embassy spokesman said by telephone from the North Korean capital on Thursday evening.

The spokesman said German ambassador to North Korea Doris Hertrampf was in the party, along with diplomats from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland, Mongolia and Russia.

The party was expected back in Pyongyang late Thursday evening or early Friday morning, he said.

Calls to the German embassy in Pyongyang were not answered, while a German embassy spokesman in Beijing said he was unable to confirm if Hertrampf was in the party visiting the site of the explosion.

A South Korean intelligence report made public on Wednesday said North Korea's initial explanation for last week's explosion appeared credible.

The huge smoke cloud seen after the explosion was consistent with Pyongyang's explanation that the blast was used to demolish part of a mountain for building a hydo-electric power project, said the report by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) submitted to parliament in Seoul.

North Korea strongly denied earlier reports that the explosion may have been a nuclear weapons test.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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