30 dead in North Korea bus crash

Tens of thousands of Chinese tourists are believed to visit North Korea every year with many crossing through the Chinese border city of Dandong

Tens of thousands of Chinese tourists are believed to visit North Korea every year with many crossing through the Chinese border city of Dandong

China's foreign ministry claims 4 North Koreans and also 32 citizens are murdered in a traffic incident in northkorea that is southern.

"The Chinese Embassy in North Korea was informed by the DPRK that a serious traffic accident occurred on North Korea's Huanghai Road at night, causing heavy casualties to Chinese tourists", the foreign ministry said, adding that "relevant details are now being verified". The tweet was later deleted.

Footage on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed the wreckage of a bus from the dark with rain falling.

Up to 5,000 Western visitors, about 20% of whom were Americans, went to the hermit's country every year, but their numbers dipped after the United States banned their nationals from traveling there, while other countries warnings, amid increasing tensions around the Pyongyang nuclear program.

But bilateral ties had worsened as Pyongyang continued to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons in defiance of worldwide warnings, which prompted China to bolster economic sanction against North Korea. Chinese language vacationers are among the many largest teams of holiday makers to the remoted, hard-line communist state. But trade has fallen by roughly 90 per cent China is North Korea's biggest trading partner.

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The ministry says the crash occurred Sunday night in North Hwanghae province, south of the capital Pyongyang. Among the most recent, a wave of incursions on mainly U.S. engineering and defence companies linked to the South China Sea, where China's claims for more than 80 per cent of the water clash with five other nations.

The tour group was travelling by bus from Kaesong to Pyongyang when the accident happened, according to the independent Seoul-based website NK News, which cited an unnamed source.

However, they admitted there were a large number of casualties.

Bridges are sometimes out of action, requiring rivers to be forded or vehicles to take detours. The Chinese Embassy in North Korea has confirmed the news.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated the emergency mechanism overnight and is fully engaged in the disposal work".