China urges UNSC calm on DPRK satellite
BEIJING, Jan 21, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China on Monday called on the
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to react calmly to the
recent satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of
"China maintains that the UNSC's reaction be prudent and
moderate, work for the peace and stability of the (Korean)
Peninsula and avoid the progressive escalation of tensions,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing
Hong's remarks came when asked to comment on reports that the
UNSC is likely to pass a resolution on the DPRK's satellite
Last month, the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully
lifted off from the Sohae Space Center aboard carrier rocket
Unha-3 and entered the pre-set orbit, according to DPRK media.
The satellite launch drew a wave of protests. The UN Security
Council condemned it, calling it the move "a clear violation" of
council resolutions. The United States and its allies saw the
launch as a disguised test of the DPRK's long-range ballistic
Hong said China has repeatedly expressed its position on DPRK
satellite launches, stressing regret over the issue.
"Based on such a stance, China has constructively participated
in the recent UNSC negotiations," Hong said.
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