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S. Korea-China trade fair near N. Korea border canceled over safety concerns

All News 18:14 June 03, 2016

By Kim Deok-hyun

BEIJING, June 3 (Yonhap) -- A trade fair between South Korean and Chinese small and mid-sized firms in the Chinese city of Dandong on the border with North Korea was canceled days before its opening because of unspecified safety concerns, a diplomatic source close to the matter said Friday.

Organized by some South Korean municipal governments and the Chinese city of Dandong, which faces North Korea across the Amnok River, the five-day trade fair had been scheduled to begin next Thursday.

About 200 firms from South Korea and China had planned to take part in the trade show.

"The Dandong city government notified the South Korean side that the trade fair was canceled because of safety worries," the source said on the condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately known whether the "safety worries" were related to North Korea.

However, the South Korean government has issued a travel advisory, warning its citizens to be cautious in visiting China and its border regions with North Korea.

The travel warning came as North Korea has issued threats after North Korean restaurant workers in China defected to South Korea.

Three North Koreans, who had worked at a North Korean-run restaurant in China, arrived in South Korea on Wednesday after escaping their workplace last month, Seoul officials said.

It marked the second group defection this year after 13 North Korean restaurant workers in China defected to South Korea in April.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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