Premier Wen speaks to press on fatal train crash while suffering illness

14:32, July 28, 2011      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Thursday that medical problems delayed his visit to the site of the fatal crash of two high-speed trains in eastern China that killed 39 people.

Wen, who was in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, to mourn victims and express condolences to the relatives of the dead, did not specify the nature of the illness.

"I am ill, having spent 11 days in bed, but I managed to come today only after my doctor reluctantly allowed me to check out of hospital. This is why I didn't come here sooner," the premier told reporters.

Wen vowed to "severely punish" those responsible for the train crash and said safety would be the top priority for the country's high-speed rail technology exports.

Source: Xinhua
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