China expresses regret at North Korea rocket launch

BEIJING Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:50pm IST

A North Korean national flag is seen on the top of its embassy in Beijing December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A North Korean national flag is seen on the top of its embassy in Beijing December 12, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee

Related Topics

BEIJING (Reuters) - China expressed regret over North Korea's second-long range rocket launch of 2012 on Wednesday, calling on its isolated ally to abide by United Nations' Security Council resolutions.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comments at a daily news briefing.

Pyongyang had defied pressure from the United States, South Korea, Russia and Japan to stop the launch.

The North's only major diplomatic ally, China, had urged North Korea not to go ahead with the launch. But China has previously repeatedly fended off calls for harsher pressure and sanctions on the North, its neighbour and long-time ally that it sees as a strategic buffer against U.S. power. (Reporting by Michael Martina, Writing by Sui-Lee Wee; editing by Jonathan Standing)

FILED UNDER:

U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Priya's Shakti

Priya's Shakti

Rape survivor turns "superhero" in India's first digital comic.  Full Article 

U.S.-Cuba Ties

U.S.-Cuba Ties

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years.  Full Article 

Threat Works

Threat Works

U.S. determines N.Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls comedy 'The Interview'.  Full Article 

A Minute With

A Minute With

Reuters interviews Rajkumar Hirani ahead of the release of "PK".  Full Article 

Safety Concerns

Safety Concerns

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers.  Full Article 

New Tax Regime

New Tax Regime

Cabinet clears bill for nationwide goods and services tax.  Full Article 

BlackBerry's 'Classic'

BlackBerry's 'Classic'

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device   Full Coverage