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China urges restraint as N. Korea fires short-range missiles

2016/03/10 16:45

BEIJING, March 10 (Yonhap) -- China called for restraint on Thursday as North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea in an apparent show of anger against ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills and new U.N. sanctions.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei described the current situation on the Korean Peninsula as "highly sensitive."

   China urged "all relevant parties" to exercise restraint to avoid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Hong said.

According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the two missiles were fired around 5:20 a.m. Thursday morning (Seoul time) from North Hwanghae Province and hit waters northeast of the port city of Wonsan. The missiles flew some 500 kilometers.

North Korea was slapped with new U.N. sanctions following its fourth nuclear test and launch of a long-range rocket this year.

South Korea and the U.S. have been conducting annual joint military drills, which have been branded by North Korea as a rehearsal for invasion.