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China calls for easing of tensions after N.K missile tests

2014/02/28 17:21

BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- China on Friday called for an easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, a day after North Korea test-fired short-range missiles into the East Sea.

"We hope that all relevant parties commit to moving the situation on the Korean Peninsula toward calm and making joint efforts to uphold peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a daily news briefing.

South Korea's defense ministry called the North's missile tests a "calculated, provocative" action against ongoing joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.

This year's annual drills, which North Korea have long denounced as a rehearsal for invasion, overlapped with reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The first such event in more than three years has raised hopes of warming inter-Korean relations.