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Monday, 31 March 2014 | MYT 3:45 PM

China calls for calm and restraint on Korean peninsula

BEIJING (Reuters) - China called for calm and restraint on the Korean peninsula after North Korea fired artillery during a military exercise near a disputed maritime border with the South on Monday, prompting the South to fire back.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks in a daily briefing.

The military exercise by the North, in response to U.N. condemnation of its missile launches last week, appeared to be sabre rattling from Pyongyang rather than a prelude to heightened tensions.

(Reporting By Ben Blanchard, writing by Megha Rajagopalan)

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