Embassies face decisions as tensions rise in North Korea

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 (CNN) — Foreign diplomatic missions in North Korea face an ominous decision after Pyongyang said it could not guarantee the safety of embassies and international organizations in the event of armed conflict.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula remain in a heightened state amid new reports that North Korea has prepared missiles for launch, while South Korea has deployed naval destroyers to its coasts.

The British Foreign Office said North Korea told British officials that it would not be able to guarantee the safety of diplomats in the capital if fighting breaks out.

Several diplomatic missions said the North Koreans held a meeting on Friday for ambassadors, where they asked if anyone needed assistance in evacuating their personnel.

“We are consulting international partners about these developments,” the British Foreign Office said in a statement. “No decisions have been taken, and we have no immediate plans to withdraw our embassy.”


(CNN file photo) A missile is displayed during a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012.

A spokesman for Sweden’s ministry of foreign affairs said the North Koreans “did not urge us or ask us to evacuate,” but offered assistance for those who wanted to leave.

The Swedish Embassy in North Korea acts “as the United States’ interim protecting power and provides basic consular services to U.S. citizens traveling in North Korea,” according to the U.S. State Department.

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  • Kevin M.

    Funny thing here, all the "missles" the North shows off are mostly empty pipes, painted to look like the real thing!! The only threat other than small "rock throwing" into the South, is the "leader" stealing food to fill his Fat stomach.

    • A.Jay

      I agree with you sir.
      N.Korea is NOT capable of firing even a single so called missile because it does NOT have any.All these missile,s shown are nothing more then painted pipes.
      This country cannot even feed its peaple leave aside take on a super power like USA in conflict.A army marches on a full stomach not a empty one.

  • Everyman

    Somone needs to make a god damn deal already the american people dont deserve this fear! There must be some kind of decision that can be made to calm them down. NOTHING IS WORTH this.

  • Tracy

    I agree with Everyman on that!! We got enough bullshit on our plate, we don't need so highty tighty kid with big threats of war.