China warns against worsened tension on Korean Peninsula

Updated: 2016-04-16 00:28


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BEIJING -- China urged all parties to avoid any action that might worsen tensions on the Korean Peninsula following a reportedly failed launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile by Pyongyang on Friday.

The UN Security Council resolution was clear about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (ballistic missile) missile issue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular news briefing when asked to comment Pyongyang's latest move.

"As the current situation on the Peninsula is complex and sensitive, we hope all parties can comply with the Security Council resolution and avoid worsening tensions," Lu said.

Lu called on all parties to work to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Asked if China had expressed goodwill to the DPRK on the birthday of late DPRK top leader Kim Il Sung, the spokesman said as friendly neighbors, both countries have "maintained some traditions for friendship."