TOKYO (TR) – North Korea told foreign embassies they should consider evacuating their missions in Pyongyang by next week as the communist nation moved two mid-range missiles to launching sites along the Sea of Japan, Agence France-Presse reported.
“They invited the embassies and organisations present at the meeting to inform them by 10 April what assistance they would require from the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) should they wish to be evacuated,” AFP cited Britain’s Foreign Office as saying. Foreign Office officials said their DPRK counterparts warned them they would be unable to guarantee the safety of the foreign embassies and organizations after that date, according to the news agency.
South Korea’s Yonhap news reported that the North Koreans deployed two mobile Musudan missiles to hidden underground facilities along its east coast facing Japan. The Musudan missile has never been tested and is believed to have a range of 3,000 km to 4,000 km, which means it can reach targets in Japan, South Korea, and possibly Guam, AFP said.
Members of the stalled six-party talks, including the United States, Russia, Japan, and China, and countries with embassies in the reclusive communist nation are consulting, or plant to consult, with one another over Pyongyang’s latest moves. The United Nations said it has no plans at this time to pull its workers out of North Korea despite the heightened tensions, AFP reported.
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