: Korean peninsula tensions rise with new missile launches by the North
Politics13:35 Mar. 21, 2016
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Korean peninsula tensions rise with new missile launches by the North

Rockets fell in Japanese waters 200km from the coast

Tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula. The North has launched at least five short-range projectiles off the coast. The rockets are said to have landed in Japanese waters about 200 kilometres from land. Pyongyang claims it is a pre-emptive attack, since joint US-South Korean military drills pose a threat. Top officials from Washington and Seoul are in talks over North Korea's violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions neighbouring states, meanwhile, are calling for peace and a diplomatic solution.

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"We are paying very close attention to the current situation on the Korean peninsula. We hope that North Korea will not do things that go against the United Nations Security Council resolution. We also hope the parties in question can stay cool and restrained and avoid carrying out antagonistic measures that increase tensions," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says.

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These latest tensions erupted in January when North Korea conducted nuclear tests. As a result, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against Pyongyang. The North has continued launching missiles claiming its aims are peaceful.

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