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UN's N. Korea response should be 'prudent': China

Published on Dec 13, 2012 3:43 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Any United Nations reaction to North Korea's rocket launch should be "prudent", China's foreign ministry said on Thursday after Beijing came under pressure to act on its rogue ally.

China believes any response "should be prudent, appropriate and conducive to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and avoid the escalation of the situation", foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing.

"We express regret at the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's launch in spite of the extensive concerns of the international community," Mr Hong said, using North Korea's formal name and reiterating Beijing's stance following the Wednesday launch.

He said Pyongyang should observe "relevant" resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, adding: "We hope relevant parties will keep calm and jointly maintain the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula."

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