BEIJING Dec 12 China expressed regret over
North Korea's second-long range rocket launch of 2012 on
Wednesday, calling on its isolated ally to abide by United
Nations' Security Council resolutions.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comments at a
daily news briefing.
Pyongyang had defied pressure from the United States, South
Korea, Russia and Japan to stop the launch.
The North's only major diplomatic ally, China, had urged
North Korea not to go ahead with the launch. But China has
previously repeatedly fended off calls for harsher pressure and
sanctions on the North, its neighbour and long-time ally that it
sees as a strategic buffer against U.S. power.