By Chloe Kagan
May 28, 2010
SEOUL, South Korea ¡ª Facing increasing pressure to rein in North Korea, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China met with President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea on Friday before the start of three-party weekend talks with Japan.
South Korea is pushing for the United Nations Security Council to censure the North for allegedly sinking a South Korean warship in March with the loss of 46 sailors. An international investigative team has blamed the sinking on a North Korean torpedo.
Mr. Wen told Mr. Lee that China will make an ¡°impartial judgment¡± on who was responsible for sinking the ship, said Mr. Lee¡¯s spokesman, Lee Dong-kwan.
¡°Once we have our conclusion, we will not protect anyone,¡± Mr. Wen was quoted as saying.
Mr. Wen did not speak to reporters, and no immediate statement was available from the Chinese government on the talks in Seoul.
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