China calls on DPRK to act prudently with satellite launch
BEIJING, Dec 04, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China on Tuesday called on the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to act prudently in
regard to the country's proposed satellite launch.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing
that China has exchanged ideas with the DPRK over the satellite
launch several times.
"As a sovereign state, the DPRK is entitled to the peaceful use
of outer space. But in view of the situation on the Korea
Peninsular and restrictions of relevant UN Security Council
resolutions, China hopes the DPRK can proceed from the overall
situation of peace and stability on the peninsula and act
prudently," Hong said.
Meanwhile, China has maintained contact with other parties to
the six-party talks, which also includes the Republic of Korea,
the United States, Russia and Japan, said Hong.
"We hope the parties concerned can take a long-term
perspective, deal with this calmly, and avoid taking actions that
may further escalate the situation," the spokesman said.
China will continue to communicate with all relevant parties
and make efforts toward the appropriate resolution of the current
situation and regional peace and stability, he added.
The DPRK said Saturday that it is planning to launch another
satellite in December after a failed attempt in April.
The second version of the Kwangmyongsong-3 will be launched
from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Phyongan
Province, by the Unha-3 carrier rocket between Dec. 10 and Dec.
22, the official KCNA news agency reported.
The DPRK launched the Kwangmyongsong-3 on April 13 to mark the
100th birthday of late DPRK founder Kim Il Sung. The long-range
rocket crashed into the sea after traveling a short distance.
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