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China urges restraint as N. Korea's Kim orders standby for nuke strike

All Headlines 16:59 March 04, 2016

BEIJING, March 4 (Yonhap) -- China called for calm and restraint on Friday after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his military to be ready to use its atomic weapons at any time.

The order by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un marked a further escalation of tensions, a day after the North fired short-range projectiles into the East Sea in an apparent show of defiance following the U.N. Security Council's adoption of new sanctions against Pyongyang over its fourth nuclear test and rocket launch.

"We hope that relevant countries can exercise restraint, speak and act prudently," China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

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