China calls for avoiding escalating tensions on Korean peninsula

China's Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi speaks before voting against a measure to adopt the agenda of human rights violations in North Korea during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss in North Korea on Dec 22, 2014
China's Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi speaks before voting against a measure to adopt the agenda of human rights violations in North Korea during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss in North Korea on Dec 22, 2014 in New York City. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's permanent representative to the United Nations has called for all sides to avoid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

China's UN representative Liu Jieyi also called for calm and restraint on the peninsula, according to a statement posted on China's Foreign Ministry's website on Tuesday.

The remarks came after the UN Security Council decided on Monday to override China's objections and formally add allegations of grave North Korean human rights abuses to the council's agenda.