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    Beijing Urges Koreas to Stop Provocations After Reports of Missile Launches

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    Seoul and Pyongyang should cease all provocations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday, after the South Korean military reported that the North had launched ballistic missiles.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea has fired two short-range missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan.

    "We call for all the sides to stop these provocative actions and statements, to prevent a further escalation of the situation. It is in the interests of all parties," Hong said.

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated after North Korea successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test in early January and put a satellite into orbit a month later, violating UN Security Council resolutions and triggering condemnation from the international community.

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