China responds to DPRK satellite launch rescheduling
BEIJING, Dec 10, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China on Monday called for joint
efforts to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula
after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced
a change in the timing of its upcoming satellite launch.
"We have noted the latest news released by the DPRK side," said
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei when questioned on the
matter at a daily news briefing.
"The Chinese side holds a consistent stance on the issue," Hong
said, adding, "We hope all sides concerned will make joint efforts
to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula as well
as in the region."
The DPRK said earlier on Monday that the period in which it is
planning to launch a scientific satellite has been extended to
Dec. 29, one week behind the original Dec. 10-22 window.
The official KCNA news agency quoted an unnamed spokesman for
the Korean Committee for Space Technology as attributing delay to
a "technical deficiency" in the rocket's engine.
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