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North Korea "probing" embassy evacuations

Updated fredag 5 april 2013 kl 16.58
Published fredag 5 april 2013 kl 14.17
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo: Scanpix.

North Korea has encouraged all foreign embassies in the country's capital Pyongyang to consider evacuating the country because of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, according to several news agencies, but the Swedish foreign ministry denies having received direct advice to leave.

Sweden is one of the few western countries with an embassy in the North Korean capital. The embassy in there also acts as a U.S. Protecting Power.

"There was a meeting at the foreign ministry in Pyongyand. Our ambassador attended," says Victoria Bell with the Swedish foreign ministry's press service, who spoke with Swedish Television.

"It was not direct suggestion to evacuate, but rather a probe to see if we would need any help in the event of evacuation."

The foreign ministry tells news agency TT that it is following the situation closely to get a better understanding of what is happening on the ground.

Britain has said it regards the query as part of an anti-U.S. information campaign. The Russian ambassador said he was evaluating the situation, but that everything was normal in the city.

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