China on Friday acknowledged that a recent North Korea ballistic-missile test put at risk a passenger airplane flying in its path, Reuters reported.
A Chinese civilian plane en route to the nation's northeastern city of Shenyang on Tuesday "passed as the ballistic missile [fired by North Korea] was in the course of descending," the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told journalists that "on this issue, we have already contacted the North Korean side to convey our deep concern."
North Korea's neighbors are upset over Pyongyang's recent test-firings on Feb. 27 and March 3 of four short-range ballistic missiles. The U.N. Security Council has barred the East Asian nation from using any ballistic-missile technology.
The United States reportedly has asked a Security Council committee with oversight on North Korea sanctions to consider taking action over the recent missile firings.
Pyongyang is understood to have test-launched the missiles and other artillery into the ocean as a protest against the United States and South Korea for holding their annual joint military exercises, which continue to take place.