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China asks South Korea to determine cause of deadly fire

2024-06-26 09:29:21       source:Global Times

June 25, 2024

After a fire at a lithium battery factory in South Korea on Monday killed 23 people, with preliminary assessments suggesting that 17 of them were Chinese nationals, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that China has asked South Korea to determine the cause of the accident as soon as possible, make every effort to save and treat the injured, make proper arrangements for people affected, and assist the families of the deceased Chinese nationals.

The Chinese government is paying close attention to the fire incident and taking very seriously the deaths and injuries of Chinese nationals caused by the fire. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese Embassy in South Korea immediately activated the consular emergency response mechanism and fully engaged in the emergency response and handling of the aftermath, Mao Ning, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, told a routine press conference on Tuesday.

The South Korean side is further investigating and ascertaining the cause of the fire and the deaths and injuries it has caused, Mao said. 

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