China worried about situation on Korean peninsula

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BEIJING (AP) -- State media say China's foreign minister told his Japanese and South Korean counterparts that Beijing is concerned about the situation on the Korean peninsula.

The comments come ahead of a planned rocket launch by Pyongyang that has rattled nerves and raised tensions in the region.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Yang Jiechi made the remarks during separate bilateral meetings with envoys from Seoul and Tokyo in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo on Saturday.

The report didn't specifically mention the North Korean launch, planned for sometime between April 12-16, but said Yang expressed concerns over the "latest development on the Korean Peninsula," and called on all sides to keep calm and exercise restraint.