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China urges restraint over N. Korea's apparent failure of missile launch

2016/05/31 18:04

BEIJING, May 31 (Yonhap) -- China on Tuesday called for restraint as North Korea apparently failed to launch what appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

In its latest defiance of U.N. resolutions, North Korea attempted to test-fire the ballistic missile earlier in the day, but the launch appeared to fail, South Korean military officials said.

"Given the complexity and sensitivity of the situation of the Korean Peninsula, all relevant parties should refrain from taking any action that may escalate tensions there and make joint efforts to safeguard the peace and stability of the region," China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

Under U.N. resolutions, North Korea is banned from test-firing medium- and long-range ballistic missiles.

The latest attempt came as tensions on the Korean Peninsula are still high after North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January and launch of a long-range rocket a month later.