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China Says Avoiding Korean Conflict 'Most Urgent'


Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao says avoiding conflict between the Koreas over the sinking of a warship is "most urgent."

"The pressing task is to appropriately respond to the serious effects of the 'Cheonan' incident, and gradually reduce tensions and especially to avoid a clash," he said.

Wen made the comment today at the conclusion of a two-day summit attended by South Korea, China, and Japan.

The meeting on South Korea's resort island of Jeju was supposed to focus on trade issues, but the sinking of the South Korean warship in March overshadowed the event.

An international investigation concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank the ship, killing 46 sailors. North Korea denies the allegation.

compiled from agency reports