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China urges restraint over N. Korea's possible rocket launch

All Headlines 16:43 September 15, 2015

BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- China called Tuesday for calm and restraint, a day after the North's space agency hinted that it could launch a long-range rocket to mark a key national anniversary.

"China hopes that the relevant parties can act with caution and refrain from taking actions that may elevate tension on the Korean Peninsula and in the region," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei replied, when asked about the North's possible rocket launch.

Fanning concerns that North Korea could fire a long-range rocket to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party on or around Oct. 10, the North's space agency said Monday that it is ready to launch satellites aboard long-range rockets.

Any launch will likely prompt the United States, with the support of South Korea and Japan, to seek fresh punishment for North Korea because it would be considered a disguised ballistic missile test, although Pyongyang has insisted that it has the right to put a satellite into space.


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