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Wednesday, 4 September, 2002, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
In pictures: N Korean asylum bid
Urgent talks are under way over the fate of 15 North Koreans holed up in a school run by the German embassy in Beijing amid confusion over the diplomatic status of the compound.

North Koreans scale the school wall
The group scaled a 2 metre (6.6 feet) high wall to enter the grounds

North Koreans run towards school
They ran across the compound towards the school itself

North Koreans run towards school
The 15 tried to enter the buildings

North Korean pursued by guard
The group were pursued by baton wielding security guards all the way

North Koreans on school staircase
Unable to enter the buildings, they huddled on an outside staircase

North Korean refugees
There is now a stand-off while the question of sovereignty is debated

Police outside compound
Police have surrounded the school's perimeter

A Chinese policeman blocks a journalist
They are keeping all journalists away

Supplies being taken into compound
But supplies are being allowed in to feed the group who spent the night inside the school

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The BBC's Adam Brookes reports from Beijing
"It is not clear whether it is sovereign diplomatic territory"

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