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China says N. Korean diplomat killed 2 Chinese in car accident

BEIJING (Yonhap) -- China's foreign ministry said Wednesday that a North Korean diplomat killed two Chinese citizens last month in a car accident and paid compensation to the families of the victims.

The accident happened in the Chinese border city of Dandong on Feb. 10 when a car being driven by the unnamed North Korean consular official "collided with a taxi, killing the taxi driver and a passenger," China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

Hua said the North Korean diplomat paid compensation, without specifying the amount.

"Local authorities have dealt with the incident in accordance with the law," Hua said.

A source in Dandong told Yonhap News Agency on Tuesday that the accident involving the North Korean diplomat took place on Feb. 7 and three Chinese citizens were killed.

The North Korean diplomat paid a total of 1.5 million yuan ($230,714) in damages to the families of three Chinese victims who he killed in a drunk driving accident, according to the source.