Fri, April 13, 2012
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Chinese FM calls for restraint, dialogue after DPRK's satellite launch

2012-04-13 15:05:56 GMT2012-04-13 23:05:56(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) stands with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi (L) and Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna during their meeting in Moscow April 13, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

MOSCOW, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi called Friday for all concerned parties to show calm and restraint after a failed satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

After the 11th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of China, Russia and India here, Yang told a news briefing China also hoped all concerned would keep in contact to maintain stability and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Since the DPRK announced its plan to launch the satellite, China had been concerned about the situation and endeavored to encourage it on the right track, Yang said.

China had noticed the DPRK's launch, as well as reactions from other countries with an interest in the Korean Peninsula, he said.

"We hope all parties can demonstrate calmness and restraint, and not undermine the peace and the stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region," Yang said.

He said the six-party mechanism, involving the DPRK, South Korea, China, Russia, Japan and the U.S., was an effective and important approach to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the stability on the peninsula and in northeastern Asia.

China expected all parties to adhere to the September 19 Joint Statement to maintain the momentum of dialogue, promote mutual understanding and continue facilitating the resumption of the six-party talks, Yang said.

China was willing to closely coordinate and cooperate with the international community and play a constructive role in the process, he added.

The DPRK launched the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite Friday morning, but the earth observation satellite failed to enter its preset orbit, the country's official KCNA news agency said, adding that scientists, technicians and experts were looking into the cause of the failure.

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