Stay calm to avoid miscalculation by North Korea: William Hague

Last Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12:27

Zeenews Bureau

London: Cautioning the world community in wake of the tense atmosphere over Korean peninsula, British foreign Secretary William Hague has urged nations to remain calm so as to avoid any ‘miscalculation’ by North Korea.

"We have to be concerned about the danger of miscalculation by the North Korean regime”, said Hague in an interview to the BBC.

Speaking to the BBC, the foreign secretary said that nations must remain calm and “united and firm” in spite of the “paranoid threats” by Pyongyang.

He added that North Korean leaders were making "the wrong choice" between isolation and engagement with the international community, and warned "they will end up leading a broken, friendless country".

Even the US is treading a cautious path in order to avoid any provocation to the North Korea as yesterday it deferred the testing of Minuteman III ballistic missile which was to be done on next Tuesday.

North Korea has continued upping the ante against the US and South Korea by issuing bellicose rhetoric and hostile acts with the recent one being the ban on a joint industrial joint and moving a missile to its east coast.

North Korea has continued upping the ante against the US and South Korea by issuing bellicose rhetoric and hostile acts with the recent one being the ban on a joint industrial joint and moving a missile to its east coast.

North Korean threats have seemingly been stemming from joint US and South Korean drills, which Pyongyang treats as rehearsal of an invasion while the US and South maintain that the drills are routine and for defensive purposes.

Recent joint drills between the US and South have seen Pyongyang react aggressively, especially after the US flew nuke B2 and B52 bombers over the Korean peninsula as a part of drill.

North Korea is also agitated over the UN sanctions that were imposed on it after Feb 12 missile test.

A provoked North Korea has since then, dishing out threats in the recent weeks, warning strikes aimed at the US mainland and island of Hawaii and Guam, and announcinf “state of war” with South.

Pyongyang was slammed for its belligerent rhetoric when it started acting to match the statement, starting with banning of a joint factory park, denying South Koreans the access to Kaesong zone.

North Korea on Friday also warned foreign diplomats in Pyongyang to start evacuating the embassies before April 10, and that it won’t be a guarantor of their security in face of war.



First Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 11:24

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