Li Condemns NATO's Embassy Attack
A visiting Chinese Communist Party member yesterday denounced NATO's accidental missile attack on China's embassy in Belgrade, describing it as a ``provocative act encroaching on China's sovereignty and people.''
Li Luihuan, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remarks in a meeting with Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil.
Li arrived in Seoul Sunday for a week-long visit aimed at deepening bilateral relations.
According to a government spokesman, the senior member of the Chinese Communist Party's Standing Committee said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will have to take responsibility for the attack, as it is a definite violation of international law.
Prime Minister Kim expressed his condolences for the deaths of at least three Chinese during the incident, citing Korean Foreign Affairs-Trade Minister Hong Soon-young's letter to his Chinese counterpart Tang Jiaxuan, the spokesman said.
On Sunday, Minister Hong sent a cable to Beijing via the Korean Embassy in China to express his regrets and condolences for the fatalities resulting from the accidental attack.
Meanwhile, Kim and Li shared the view that the two countries should make further efforts to deepen their partnership to ensure peace and stability in Northeast Asia in the 21st century.
Prime Minister Kim conveyed his gratitude to China for helping alleviate Korea's economic crisis, noting that the two countries have managed to deepen bilateral relations despite the short history of bilateral relations. …