China denies N. Korea apologized for nuclear test

October 24, 2006 09:26

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il did not apologize for his regime's nuclear test when a special envoy from China's president visited Pyongyang last week, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. South Korean news reports said last week that Kim had expressed regret for the October 9 test during a visit by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, who delivered a personal message and a gift from Chinese President Hu Jintao. "These reports are certainly not accurate," ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a regular press briefing. "We haven't heard any information that Kim Jong Il apologized for the test." Liu also said that the North Koreans told Tang's delegation that "it did not have the will to carry out a second test." "But if it faces pressure, North Korea reserves the right to take further actions," Liu said, citing Tang.

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