North Korea asks Russia to consider evacuating embassy

MOSCOW Fri Apr 5, 2013 7:12am EDT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - North Korea asked Russia on Friday to consider evacuating staff from its embassy in Pyongyang because of increasing tension on the Korean peninsula, a spokesman for the embassy said by phone from Pyongyang.

Denis Samsonov said Russia was examining the request but was not planning an evacuation at this stage, and there were no outward signs of increased tension in the North Korean capital itself.

He said other foreign embassies had received similar requests.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry representative "proposed that the Russian side consider the issue of the evacuation of employees in connection with the increasingly tense situation", Samsonov said.

North Korea has said nuclear conflict could break out at any time on the Korean peninsula, in a month-long war of words that has prompted the United States to move military assets into the region.

According to South Korean media, North Korea has placed two of its intermediate-range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country, in a move that could threaten Japan or U.S. Pacific bases.

Tensions have increased since the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea in early March, seeking to curtail its nuclear and ballistic missile programs after it conducted its third nuclear test.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Andrew Roche)

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Comments (4)
ralphos wrote:
Now that there belligerence is for all to see. The UN should put a complete ground air and sea stop on the place and ask for unconditional surrender.

Apr 05, 2013 8:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BillThomas wrote:
North Korea’s response is a completely reasonable response to the constant harassment, abuse and threats from corrupt western powers.
The murderous individuals who have hijacked the U.S. government are trying to push North Korea into attacking, just as they pushed Japan into attacking in 1941.

Meanwhile, citizens of the Western world are getting virtually nothing but a steady stream of anti-North Korea propaganda via mainstream media.

Apr 05, 2013 8:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MrBlue wrote:
Sadly, North Korea has threatened to use nuclear weapons on the United States and its allies. North Korea has moved missiles to their coast and the United States has set-up a missile defence system in the hopes to stop any attack. While North Korea continues to threaten the United States daily, citizens of all nations hope this foolishness will come to a stop. Countries such as Russia,China, and the United States are generally careful not to threaten each other realizing the high costs of war and their responsibility to citizens. For some reason North Korea appears out of touch with the reality of their situation.

Apr 05, 2013 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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