North Korean soldier, rocket (iconic) 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Bobby Yip )
UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply
alarmed at the rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, though United Nations
humanitarian workers remain active across North Korea for the time being, a
spokesman said on Friday.
"UN staff in the DPRK (North Korea) remain
engaged in their humanitarian and developmental work throughout the country,"
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a conference broadcast in New York.
secretary-general remains deeply concerned about escalating tensions on the
Korean peninsula." Nesirky said that UN officials were present at a meeting on
Friday in Pyongyang along with other foreign diplomats at which North Korean
officials asked embassies to consider moving staff out
and warned their safety
cannot be guarantee after April 10.
"The United Nations is studying the
message and the United Nations will respond as appropriate," he said.
North Korean message comes on the heels of declarations by the government of the
secretive communist state that conflict is inevitable because of what it terms
"hostile" US troop exercises with South Korea and UN sanctions imposed over
North Korea's nuclear weapons testing.
"There is a general need for
things to calm down, for the volume to be turned down," Nesirky said.
is really incumbent on the DPRK authorities to reduce the tension," he said. "It
is after all the DPRK authorities that have made a number of statements in the
recent days and indeed weeks that the secretary-general and others have said are
alarming." North Koreans suffer from chronic poverty and widespread hunger, UN