China silent after N. Korea rocket launch

Agence France-Presse
China's foreign ministry had yet to make a statement more than two hours after the launch was confirmed

BEIJING, China (AFP) – China, a key diplomatic ally of North Korea, was silent on Friday, April 13, after Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket, which failed shortly after blastoff.

The official Xinhua news agency, China’s mouthpiece, quoted media reports from other countries regarding the launch. But China’s foreign ministry had yet to make a statement more than two hours after the launch was confirmed.

China on Tuesday called on all parties to “exercise restraint” and avoid an escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula ahead of the planned launch. – Agence France-Presse

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