China on Thursday resisted US-led pressure to bring its ally North Korea to heel for launching a long-range rocket, arguing that any response from the United Nations should be "prudent" and measured.
A Unha-3 rocket is monitored on a large screen at a satellite control center in North Korea, December 12, 2012. The UN Security Council, including China and the United States, has condemned North Korea for carrying out a banned rocket launch and warned it could take further action.
The United States demanded further action from China -- Pyongyang's foremost patron -- and US allies pressed for stronger sanctions, after the UN Security Council condemned North Korea for carrying out Wednesday's banned launch.
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