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'No mass arrest of Chinese nationals in DPRK'

By Xinhua

'No mass arrest of Chinese nationals in DPRK'
The Chinese and DPRK flags attached to a railing as trucks carrying Chinese-made goods cross into DPRK on the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge at the Chinese border town of Dandong on Dec 18, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON)

PYONGYANG - The Chinese Embassy in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday denied media reports that more than 100 Chinese nationals residing in the DPRK had been recently arrested by authorities.

"It is a groundless rumor that more than 100 Chinese nationals in the DPRK were arrested," a spokesperson for the embassy said in a statement carried on its official website.

There are about 3,000 Chinese living and working in the DPRK, mostly residing in Pyongyang, Sinuiju and Chongjin, who are law-abiding and diligent in contributing to the socio-economic development and socialist evolution of the DPRK, said the statement.

"Under the new situation, China and the DPRK are both committed to developing traditional, friendly co-operational relations. The two peoples, including all overseas Chinese in the DPRK, are an important force in advancing China-DPRK relations and we believe that Chinese nationals in the DPRK will continue to play an active role," the statement reads.

Earlier, there have been reports by foreign media outlets that more than 100 Chinese nationals in the DPRK had been arrested and interrogated for alleged espionage activities.

According to the statement, Chinese nationals in the DPRK violating laws and perpetuating crimes represent but a few individual cases and that there had been no reports at all of so-called espionage.

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