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Pyongyang tunes out Beijing

BEIJING -- China on Wednesday had some stern words for North Korea, after Pyongyang announced plans to launch a rocket it claims will carry a satellite.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang urges Pyongyang to "exercise restraint and caution," in Beijing on Feb. 3.

     Yet Beijing has also resisted imposing tough sanctions on the North, such as a ban on oil shipments. More than anything, China wants to maintain the status quo on the Korean Peninsula. This poses a dilemma for Chinese leaders as the Kim Jong Un regime grows increasingly unpredictable -- and, perhaps, uncontrollable. 

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