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North Korea warns Foreign diplomats war is imminent
« on: April 07, 2013, 04:59:20 PM »
Carr plays down North Korean embassy warning

Updated Sun Apr 7, 2013 2:19pm AEST

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr says North Korea's warning about the safety of foreign diplomats in the country is mischief making.

Foreign diplomats in North Korea are remaining in Pyongyang despite a warning that war is imminent.

Pyongyang said on Friday that diplomats should consider leaving by next week because it cannot guarantee their safety in the event of any conflict.

Meanwhile, the US has delayed plans to test launch an intercontinental missile, amid concerns it could inflame the situation.

Senator Carr dismissed North Korea's actions as "mischief making" but said there was still a cause for concern.

"My advice is that that is mischief making by the government of North Korea and there are no other countries represented in Pyongyang that are confirming there are war preparations underway," he told the ABC's Insiders program this morning.

"That doesn't diminish our concerns, of course."

Senator Carr says there is a "reasonable prospect" that North Korea will conduct another missile test, but said an attack on either the US mainland or its bases in the Pacific was unlikely.

"Another missile test is certainly more likely than an attack ... either [on] the US mainland or US facilities in the Pacific like Guam," he said.

"I think you have to say that the regime is not likely to be suicidal.

"[It may be] reckless, or bellicose but not suicidal."

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will today urge political and business leaders in China to address concerns about the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Ms Gillard will use her speech to the plenary session of the Bo'ao Asia Forum on Hainan Island to directly address Australia's concerns about the rogue state, and link it to the future prosperity of the region.

She will also relay her concerns to new Chinese president Xi Jinping when she meets with him for the first time this afternoon.

"I would expect that we'd be exchanging perspectives on peace and security on the Korean Peninsula," Senator Carr said.

"One's got to say that the behaviour of North Korea is not in the interests of China.

"China has got a great stake in peace and security on the peninsula."


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