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China promises not to defend further provocations by North.

SEOUL, June 24 Kyodo

China has told South Korea that it will no longer take the side of North Korea if Pyongyang makes further provocations after tensions spiked over the North's two deadly attacks on the South last year, President Lee Myung Bak told a group of South Korean lawmakers Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency on Friday.

''China delivered its intentions (to South Korea) that it won't stand by the North if it makes an additional provocation,'' an unidentified lawmaker was quoted as saying.

Lee made the remark during a lunch meeting with members of the parliamentary defense committee.

China is the North's traditional ally and has provided the North with food and energy assistance and diplomatic support.

North Korea sank a South Korean warship with a torpedo attack and also launched an artillery attack on a border island. The North has denied its involvement in the ship sinking and claimed the South had provoked the shelling first.

''I still cannot contain the feeling of outrageousness toward the North,'' Lee was quoted as telling the lawmakers.
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