North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed “bitter sorrow” over a bus accident that left 32 Chinese tourists and four North Koreans dead.

The accident took place on Sunday night, when the tour bus plunged off a bridge.

It is rare for North Korea’s tightly-controlled media to report on negative news, and for Mr. Kim to acknowledge the incident itself is even more unusual.

China is the North’s main political ally and largest trading partner.

“[Mr Kim] said that the unexpected accident brought bitter sorrow to his heart,” the official KCNA news agency reported.

“He couldn’t control his grief at the thought of the bereaved families who lost their blood relatives.”

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