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China urges restraint after DPRK satellite launch

By Wu Jiao in Pyongyang and Hu Yinan in Beijing  (China Daily)

11:37, April 14, 2012

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Failed satellite test by DPRK prompts concern of rising tension on peninsula

China has called for restraint after a failed satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Friday morning.

The DPRK's official KCNA news agency said the satellite, Kwangmyongsong-3, was launched at 7:38 am on Friday and "failed to enter its preset orbit".

Scientists, technicians and experts were looking into the cause of the failure, it said.

China has expressed concerns over the launch and will continue communication with all sides, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin, adding that ambassadors from Tokyo and Seoul were at the ministry on Friday.

Liu said peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia are the responsibility of all sides, and asked parties to carefully deal with the matter together.


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