N. Korea cannot protect foreign embassies after April 10–UK

A+
A
A-

In this Saturday April 14, 2012 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, waves as North Korean military officers clap at a stadium in Pyongyang during a mass meeting called by the Central Committee of North Korea’s ruling party. Kang Dong-wan, a cross-border relations expert at Dong-A University in Busan, believes South Koreans should start taking North Korean threats more seriously than before because Pyongyang’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, is still tightening his grip on power and has not been proven to make sound military judgments. AP FILE PHOTO/Ng Han Guan

LONDON – North Korea has warned Britain that it cannot protect foreign embassies after April 10 in the event of a conflict linked to soaring nuclear tensions, the Foreign Office said on Friday.

A spokeswoman said Pyongyang had advised London that “from April 10, the North Korean government would be unable to guarantee the safety of embassies and international organizations in the country in the event of conflict”.

“The DPRK has responsibilities under the Vienna Convention to protect diplomatic missions and we believe they have taken this step as part of their country’s rhetoric that the US poses a threat to them,” the Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

Britain was one of several European countries including Russia to receive a letter regarding the safety of its embassy in Pyongyang, as North Korea moved two mid-range missiles to its east coast.

The Foreign Office spokeswoman added however: “Our understanding is that the North Koreans were asking whether embassies are intending to leave, rather than advising them to leave.”

North Korea, incensed by UN sanctions and joint South Korea-US military drills, has issued a series of apocalyptic threats of nuclear war.

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • kilabot

    send noykapon (kim’s alter ego) and drilon (kim’s lost twin) to nokor now.

    • otire

      and please go with them..

    • santosboi

      why dont you try to send yourself (kim dog pet).

    • Brax82

      Haha this is so funny, and as usual Noytardz to the rescue haha!

      • Simplify1

        not even close to a rescue effort! It just so much fun mocking anti-administration people like you who just don’t get the fact that being anti-PNoy is not cool anymore and is totally passé because the guy has done a lot over a short 3 year period….

      • padrefaura

        Typical answer of a paid blogger

      • Simplify1

        and thats the best response that you can come up with? Pathetic!

      • Brax82

        “Has done a lot over a short 3 year period.” You really are a funny guy hahahahah!

      • Simplify1

        You wouldn’t have seen anything because you just crawled out from under a rock guy!

      • Brax82

        Wow! You are so cool! Do you see dead people as well?

    • Pio Pusli

      they need more morons like you in NK, the head moron will be thrilled to see you

  • $18209031

    You limies must move out now. You got the letter, better do it.

  • joshmale2004

    Coinciding with this new threat of Kim, SK has detected 2 missiles were mounted to the two mobile missile launchers NK moved to the East Coast.2 SK Aegis destroyers were immediately launched by SK on its East Coast waters and now trying to locate the exact locations of this missile launchers. Patriot missiles were already activated in SK. Could this be the real thing?

  • $18209031

    Prelude to shzt time, mga koreigooks. Let the Koreigooks settle their animosity.

  • Concur_Dissent

    Why is NK so mad against the US and don’t seem to back down its rhetoric statements any time soon? Was it because of the new additional sanctions being implemented by the UN? Why did China sign-off on the UN sanction? Everything boils down to MONEY and lots of it….

    The world knows that the US bans all business transactions with NK a long time ago. What the world does not know is that along with the new UN sanctions against NK, the US added in its own ban of NK products to include all imports from SOUTH KOREA that originated from the Kaesong Industrial Park located in NORTH KOREA…. Since 2005, the US was turning a blind eye on imports from SK that were manufactured in the Kaesong industrial Park…. Since then, SK imports have become very “competitive” in North America precisely because SK imports are well developed by south Korean engineers and scientists and manufactured using cheap North Korean labour and cheap raw materials (North Korean labour is less than 1/3 the cost of Chinese labour).

    When the US decided to seriously implement its own total ban of NK products, NK lost a significant portion of jobs in Kaesong…. Along with the half million NK jobs affected, were more than a million NK raw material producers and suppliers to the factories in Kaesong… FOR NORTH KOREA, THIS ADDED US SANCTION WAS CATASTROPHIC!!
    North Korea really didn’t mind the new UN sanction. They would not fret over not being able to buy luxury items like yachts or sports cars… They just want the US to reopen imports coming from SK that were manufactured in NK….
    Something has to give….either the north Koreans who are pushed against a corner fighting for its survival or the US whose survival is nowhere threatened and who simply wants a spoiled brat out of the picture….

    • UrHONOR

      MAYBE NoKOR wants a spoiled Black out of the frame. :)

  • bagombong

    Crazy leader.. he never care his people….anyway..at least it would be the end of Nokor.

  • UrHONOR

    HEIL Kim Un!!!

  • farmerpo

    Takeout all diplomatic personnel out of NoKor. Better prudent than sorry. The kid might just harm or kidnap diplomats in his own backyard which he can easily do. This a rhetoric that should be acted upon immediately. April 10 is just a wink away.

  • Simplify1

    If George Bush were still president, he would have ordered an attack yesterday…

  • Alex Donahue

    I think the real threat is the estimated 13,000 Artillery Batteries pointed at South Korea. A large portion of them towards Seoul. North Korea’s is the largest in the world. Think of even 2,000 90mm projectiles flying towards South Korea within 30 minutes. How long would it take to eliminate most of these cannons? Is the US really going to launch a nuke and risk the dust cloud flying into China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and other neighboring countries? Consider that Japan would immediately ignore the bans of it having a Nuclear Arsenal imposed in it’s Constitution. They do have the ability to mass produce them and with the most advanced and accurate arsenal in the world probably. Making them a liability and lethal. Everyone knows WW2 and I doubt a repeat will be allowed on a dumb mistake. North Korea also knows this too. Japan has invaded before.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks

advertisement

popular

advertisement

videos