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China on North Korea: All sides should 'exercise restraint'

China on North Korea: All sides should 'exercise restraint'
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China is urging all countries involved to "exercise restraint" in the stalemate over North Korea’s nuclear program.

Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, on Wednesday said the goal is to “resume talks” over North Korea’s nuclear ambition, according to Reuters.

"The urgent task is to lower temperatures and resume talks," Shuang said when asked about the joint exercises between the American and South Korean militaries.

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"We again urge all relevant parties to remain calm and exercise restraint, stop irritating each other, work hard to create an atmosphere for contact and dialogue between all sides, and seek a return to the correct path of dialogue and negotiation as soon as possible."

Tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program have mounted in recent months as the United States puts pressure on China to more actively help restrain Pyongyang.

North Korea on Saturday conducted another failed ballistic missile test.

A U.S. Navy strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula to deter North Korea arrived in the Sea of Japan over the weekend.

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