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    China has urged "all relevant parties" to do their best to maintain peace and security on the Korean Peninsula in response to Pyongyang's test-launch of short-range missiles.

    China has said that "all relevant parties" should do their best to strengthen peace and security on the Korean Peninsula in the wake of Pyongyang's test-launch of short-range missiles, sources said on Tuesday.

    China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying expressed hope in a statement that "all relevant parties can make concerted efforts to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."

    The statement came after North Korea fired five short-range missiles into the East Sea, in a move that may fuel tensions in the run-up to the large-scale US-South Korea military drills which are scheduled for early next month.

    The exact type of missiles North Korea launched is yet to be identified; the rockets reportedly flew about 200 kilometers before landing in waters off the country's east coast. 

    Earlier, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un had witnessed the test-firing of his country's new advanced anti-ship missile.

    UN Security Council resolutions ban Pyongyang from being involved in any ballistic activity.

    Last month, North Korea offered to impose a temporary moratorium on its nuclear tests if the US and South cancel their joint military drills, a proposal that was rejected by Washington.


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