China confirms North Korean citizens’ exit after missing reports

Beijing, April 12 (IANS) A group of 13 North Korean citizens holding valid passports left China last week, the Chinese foreign ministry confirmed on Monday.

“With valid passports, they entered and left China legally,” the ministry’s spokesman Lu Kang said at a briefing when asked to comment a report that 13 North Korean nationals had gone to the Republic of Korea from a restaurant in an unspecified third country, possibly China, Xinhua reported.

“As for illegal entry by those citizens, China will always properly handle the issue in line with international and domestic law as well as humanitarian principles. That’s our established policy,” Lu added.

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