MOSCOW (AP) _ An airplane that had stood by to take former East German leader Erich Honecker to North Korea left without him, a North Korean diplomat said today.

Nyong Jin Yun, spokesman for the North Korean Embassy, said the Korean Airways jet left for Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on Tuesday night.

North Korea offered to accept Honecker for medical treatment after Russia last week abruptly ordered him to leave the country. Honecker, 79, has been staying at the Chilean diplomatic mission.

He is wanted in Germany on manslaughter charges connected with the killing of people who tried to flee East Germany to the West during Honecker's years in power.

Nyong said today that his government was still awaiting an answer to its offer to accept Honecker.