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Bildt: North Korean threats "hard to judge"

Published fredag 8 mars 2013 kl 16.41
Ruotsin ulkoministeriön päällikkö Carl Bildt. Foto: Saul Loeb / Afp

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt says it is hard to judge the situation in North Korea after the closed country said it had scrapped all peace agreements with South Korea and threatened nuclear strikes.

"We are worried about the sharp rhetoric from North Korea. I understand that it is a reaction against the resolution that is now with the United Nations' Security Council. But the resolution is a natural response to the nuclear test North Korea carried out, which was a direct challenge to the international community," Bildt tells Swedish Radio.

The foreign minister added that it is "hard to judge" whether the threat should be taken seriously. "We have seen it several times, North Korea has a tendency to use very strong and escalated rhetoric."

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