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32 Chinese, four locals killed in North Korea bus accident By Reuters |Published Mon, April 23rd 2018 at 09:49, Updated April 23rd 2018 at 12:11 GMT +3 Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang answers questions about a major bus accident in North Korea, during a news conference in Beijing, China on April 23, 2018. [Photo by Reuters] Chinese tourists have been involved in a major bus accident in North Korea that caused a large number of casualties, Chinas state media and the government said on Monday, without giving a precise break-up. Chinese visitors account for about 80 percent of all foreign tourists to North Korea, says a South Korean think-tank, the Korea Maritime Institute, which estimates that tourism generates about $44 million each year in revenue for the isolated country. Chinese diplomats have rushed to the scene of Sundays accident in North Hwanghae province, the foreign ministry said. In a Twitter message earlier on Monday, Chinese state televisions English-language channel said a tour bus had fallen off a bridge, killing more than 30 people, but later deleted the message. State televisions main Chinese-language news channel later showed images of a crashed blue bus with its wheels in the air, in footage taken in pouring ทัวร์ เกาหลี เดือน มีนาคม rain in the dark. It showed at least one person being treated in hospital, but also gave no details of casualties. The North Hwanghae province that borders South Korea is home to Kaesong, an ancient Korean capital thronged by tourists. North Korea is a popular, if offbeat, tourist destination for Chinese, especially those from the countrys northeast. China said more than 237,000 Chinese visited in 2012, but stopped publishing the figures in 2013. China is North Koreas most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite Beijings anger at Pyongyangs repeated nuclear and missile tests and support for strong United Nations sanctions against North Korea.
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