EU to tell North Korea its war fears are unfounded

By REUTERS
April 9, 2013 21:59

 
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BRUSSELS - North Korea is wrong to proclaim that war is imminent and should heed international demands regarding its nuclear and ballistic missile program, the European Union (EU) plans to say in a diplomatic message.

The EU's note, agreed by the bloc's 27 member governments on Tuesday, is a response to a warning by North Korea last week that it could not guarantee the safety of diplomats in the country after April 10.

North Korea, which has made a series of threats of an imminent conflict against the United States and South Korea, also asked embassies last week to consider moving staff out of the country.

Seven EU countries - Germany, Sweden, Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania - have embassies in Pyongyang.

These countries were considering their response to North Korea's warning but none was currently planning to evacuate any staff, an EU official said.

However, the EU as a whole will also send a diplomatic reply to the North Korean foreign ministry, EU diplomats said. The note is expected to be delivered on Wednesday by the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang.

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