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China Urges Restraint on Korean Peninsula

China on Tuesday urged all sides to “exercise restraint” on the Korean Peninsula, as Pyongyang's gears up to launch what it is calling a weather satellite in the next few days.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said China is worried about what he referred to only as “the development of the situation” on the Korean Peninsula. Liu called on all parties concerned to stay calm and to avoid an escalation of tensions there.

The remark appeared aimed at China's close ally North Korea as much as its neighbors, including South Korea, Japan and the United States.

Dong Wang, a Peking University international studies associate professor, described the situation as “dangerous.”

“I think China, of course, will try to do what it can to persuade North Korea to do what is in the best interest of regional peace, and not to do the things that will bring more instability to the region," Dong said. "I think China will definitely convey that information clearly to North Korea.”

North Korea insists the only purpose of its launch is to put a satellite into space.  That makes the situation delicate for China, Wang said.

“The declared intention of this launch is for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of their great leader, right? So, I think this carries a lot of political symbolism here. And, I think China just has to be sensitive to the North Koreans, their dignity and their self-pride,” he said.

North Korea has already announced that the satellite will play a song praising Kim Il Sung, he added, which reinforces Pyongyang's claim that its intentions are innocent. Wang also points out that North Korea has invited many foreign journalists to Pyongyang, which would make it harder to, in his words, “cheat the whole world.”

But Western analysts say that even the launch of an innocent satellite provides North Korea a means of testing its ballistic missile, which could later be fitted with a nuclear warhead.

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by: Jonathan Huang
April 10, 2012 7:01 PM
NK people is starving but Iraqis and Afghanis are been torturing and humiliating by US soldiers. At lest NK people still having their proud.
Die as a man better than live as a dog! I dont like NK I dont like Afghanistan, however, enemy's enemy is a friend.

by: NVO
April 10, 2012 2:02 PM
North Korea, where is all the FAKE CRYING, now????????????????????????????????

by: ahmad
April 10, 2012 9:33 AM
Good on you North korea and Iran . They should be aloud to do what they want . U.s.a and those kid killers the jews seem to do what they want AND that is fine but when any one else those it every one has a sook . At last two countrys that are not puppets to the u.s.a . .

by: Martha Hall
April 10, 2012 9:16 AM
China and North Korea will agree to anything and do exactly what they want.. We shouldn't believe anything they say.

by: William
April 10, 2012 9:03 AM
I hope they knock that peice of junk out of the sky, Think about it both IRAN and NORTH KOREA have rockets called the ding dong 2 and the shabby 3 and china looks like a doofas supporting a thug punk regime in NK if the U.S. or JAPAN have a shot at it they should knock that hunk of junk out of the sky over NORTH KOREA.

by: NVO
April 10, 2012 7:15 AM
Very IRONIC how they can spend $ to launch a "weather" rocket, but can still starve their own people, still hold their own people hostage, and still make people cry for a SUPREME BUFFOON whom is in Hades, then will be at the Great White Throne Judgement of God, then transferred to Gehenna. VERY, VERY IRONIC!

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