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Crisis in North Korea may become `uncontrollable`: Ban ki-Moon

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 00:26

Zeenews Bureau

Seoul: Issuing a warning on the crisis in the Korean peninsula, United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon on Tuesday said that the situation may become "uncontrollable", as per a BBC report.

North Korea has urged foreigners living in South Korea to consider evacuating, saying there was a risk of "thermo-nuclear war" breaking out on the Korean peninsula.

The warning followed a similar evacuation advisory the North gave Friday to foreign embassies in Pyongyang, saying it could not ensure the safety of their personnel if war broke out.

South Korea is seeing the warning by North Korea to foreigners in Seoul to consider evacuation as psychological warfare, the presidential office said on Tuesday.

“(The warning) is seen as psychological warfare against foreigners in South Korea," presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing said at a press briefing. "We believe that foreigners in South Korea as well as our nationals will be unfazed as they have great confidence and trust in our military and the Republic of Korea."

Her comments came after the DPRK`s Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee called on all foreign organizations, companies and tourists in South Korea to prepare measures for evacuation in case of war.

The committee said the DPRK "does not want to see foreigners in South Korea fall victim to the war," warning that the situation on the Korean Peninsula "is inching close to a thermonuclear war." Pyongyang has told foreign embassies to mull possible evacuation if tensions flare up.

Regarding the widely expected missile launch by the DPRK, Kim said that "the time will come when North Korea (DPRK) should make a choice between becoming weaker on economic, political sanctions from the international community after launching missiles and becoming a healthy member of the international society after stopping provocations."

The spokeswoman urged the DPRK to make the right choice about its future, stressing that the time hereafter would be important given the trend so far.

Tensions have been running high on the Korean Peninsula after the DPRK conducted its third nuclear test on Feb 12 in protest against the joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.

(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 23:32

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