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China appeals for restraint

2012-04-15 08:53

Beijing - China is appealing to the United States and South Korea to show restraint following North Korea's failed rocket launch.

China's foreign ministry said on Sunday that Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi talked with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan. A ministry statement appealed for all sides to "remain calm and exercise restraint."

The failed launch on Friday heightened tensions in the region, and the UN Security Council criticized it as a violation of resolutions that prohibit North Korea from developing nuclear and missile programs. The United States suspended food aid to the impoverished North.