Ratcheting up strategy number 32…
North Korea asked Russia and other states to consider evacuating their diplomats from the capital as tensions mount with its southern neighbor, warning that embassies can’t be protected in the event of a conflict.
A North Korean Foreign Ministry official met Russian Ambassador Alexander Timonin today to deliver the message, said Denis Samsonov, a spokesman for the embassy in Pyongyang. The British Embassy was told by the Asian nation’s government today that it won’t be able to guarantee the safety of foreign missions starting April 10 if a conflict flares up, the Foreign Office in London said in an e-mailed statement.
Russia is “alarmed” by the tensions on the Korean peninsula and is in “close contact” with the U.S., China, Japan and South Korea over the proposal to empty diplomatic missions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to a statement on the ministry’s website. Russia also sought clarification from the government in Pyongyang, he said.
Update: UK (yes, they do have an embassy in Pyongyang) basically says this is all anti-US rhetoric and blows off the query from North Korea.