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    The phone conversation between Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in no way related to North Korea’s reportedly failed new missile launch, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Monday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) On Sunday, Tillerson and Yang discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula by phone after South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it registered what appeared to be Pyongyang's failed attempt to conduct a new missile launch.

    "I suppose the exchange of opinions between senior representatives of China and the United States [Yang and Tillerson] is a normal situation. There is no connection between this [talk] and [North Korea’s] launch," Lu said at a briefing.

    Lu noted that Beijing and Washington maintained close coordination since the new US administration came to the White House in January.

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have become escalated ever since North Korea carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests, which constitute a violation of relevant resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council. Most recently, North Korea conducted a launch of four missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan on March 6 and reportedly launched a ballistic missile from Sinpho, South Hamgyong province, on April 5.

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