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China urges calm and restraint

CHINA urged calm and restraint after the DPRK launched a satellite yesterday.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said that China had taken note of the launch and the various responses to it.

"The DPRK earlier announced it was to launch an experimental communications satellite.

"We have taken notice of the launching activity by the DPRK this morning, and also noticed responses from relevant sides," Jiang said yesterday.

"We hope relevant parties will keep calm and practice restraint, properly handle this issue and work together to safeguard peace and stability in the region," Jiang said.

"China will continue to play a constructive role for this purpose," she added.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi yesterday held phone talks with US secretary of state and foreign ministers of Russia, Japan and South Korea on the launch.


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