China says US anti-missile N.Korea plan ups antagonism

March 18, 2013 09:48

BEIJING - China said on Monday that US plans to bolster missile defenses in response to provocations by North Korea would only intensify antagonism, and urged Washington to act prudently.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comments at a daily news briefing.US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans on Friday to bolster US missile defenses in response to "irresponsible and reckless provocations" by North Korea, which has threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States.

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