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China echoes concerns over North Korea rocket launch plans

A man watches a news report on North Korea's planned rocket launch as the TV screen broadcasts file footage from 2012 of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket, in Seoul on February 3, 2016China on Wednesday joined the global chorus of anger and concern over a planned rocket launch by North Korea, while Japan vowed to shoot down any missile that threatened its territory. The reactions followed Tuesday’s confirmation by Pyongyang that it would launch a rocket sometime between February 8-25 in what amounts to another major violation of UN resolutions just weeks after its fourth nuclear test. “We express serious concerns about that,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in Beijing, calling on Pyongyang to abide by UN strictures forbidding its use of ballistic missile technology — even for ostensibly peaceful purposes.

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