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Clinton pays condolences on New Zealand mine explosion

11-25-2010 11:32 BJT

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton on Wednesday paid condolences to families of the miners who died in a mine explosion in New Zealand.

"On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer heartfelt condolences to the families of the miners who died in the Pike River Mine explosion, and all those affected by this tragedy," said Clinton in a statement.

"New Zealand has lost 29 brave and hard-working men who will be mourned around the world," she said.

"Earlier this month I visited New Zealand and I saw the famous Kiwi strength and spirit for myself. You have come through adversity before, and I know you will do so again," Clinton said. "Today, our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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