China calls for restraint after North Korea threats to U.S.

BEIJING Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:22am EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it hopes all sides on the Korean peninsula can exercise restraint, after North Korea ordered its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units to be combat ready to target U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comments to reporters at a daily briefing.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Writing by Sui-Lee Wee; editing by Jonathan Standing)