China has expressed "grave concern" and opposition to the recent ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
"China strongly urges the DPRK to observe the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and stop actions that heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula," Geng said.
"At the same time, we also hope relevant parties will act cautiously to work together for the peace and stability of this region."
The DPRK confirmed that it had fired a "Hwasong 15" intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday morning.
The missile traveled 950 km in 53 minutes before splashing down into the Sea of Japan.
Geng said China's special envoy, Song Tao, who recently visited Pyongyang, discussed the Korean Peninsula issue with DPRK officials. He said he believes Pyongyang is very clear about China's position on the ongoing issue.
He added that China's position – that the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation – has been consistent.