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Tensions heighten on Korea peninsula

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 - 02:06

April 5 - North Korea repeats its threat to shut down the Kaesong industrial zone, as curious tourists head to the border and Japan extends its unilateral sanctions against North Korea for another two years. Sarah Toms reports.

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**~ PLEASE NOTE THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL North Korea repeats its threat on television to shut down the Kaesong industrial zone, that it jointly runs with South Korea. South Korea responds by threatening to remove any remaining workers from the area. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREA'S UNIFICATION MINISTER RYOO KIHL-JAE SAYING: "In the matter of pulling out our workers or not, I think we need to pull out our workers in the Kaesong Industrial zone to ensure their safety, when the situation requires us to do so." The heightened rhetoric comes one day after South Korea's foreign ministry announced that the North had shifted missiles with "considerable range" to its east coast. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREA'S DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN KIM MIN-SEOK SAYING: "We have not confirmed what kind of missiles (North Korea has moved to the east coast). As you mentioned, if it is assumed to be a Musudan missile, it can fly to Guam. The range is between 3,000 and 4,000 kilometres. There are major U.S. military forces and dispatched reinforcements to deal with the situation on the Korean peninsula in Guam, so I think the missile could put them in possible danger." As Pyongyang stepped up its provocation, Japan announced it would extend sanctions against the North for another two years...and encouraged other countries to do the same. (SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY YOSHIHIDE SUGA SAYING: "Currently we have banned all entry by North Korean ships into Japanese ports and also any exchange of trade and technology with North Korea. These sanctions were previously extended and come to an end in April 13th, however the Cabinet today has begun the procedure of extending these for another two years." But despite the escalating tension, most analysts don't expect a full blown war to break out. And here at the demilitarised zone, dividing the two Koreas, local and foreign tourists haven't been deterred from visiting for a snapshot of the reclusive state.

Tensions heighten on Korea peninsula

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 - 02:06

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