China hopes for 'stability' after Jang's execution

2013-12-13 10:32:27 GMT2013-12-13 18:32:27(Beijing Time)

China said Friday it wants "stability" on the Korean Peninsula after the North announced the execution of leader Kim Jong-un's once-powerful uncle, Jang Song-thaek, while describing the stunning downfall of Jang as Pyongyang's "internal affair."

"As a friendly neighbor, we hope to see national stability, economic development and people living in happiness in the DPRK (North Korea)," China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing.

Hong said the execution of Jang is an "internal affair of the DPRK."

North Korea said earlier in the day that Jang, who had been considered the second most powerful man in the state, was executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason.

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