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Beijing asks North Korea to guarantee safety of its embassy

ROC Central News Agency

2013/04/07 15:12:06

Beijing, April 7 (CNA) China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday urged North Korea to follow international conventions and guarantee the safety of its embassy and diplomats in Pyongyang.

Having expressed 'serious concern' over the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the ministry said it has asked North Korea to protect China's embassy and diplomats in Pyongyang in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and international laws and norms.

The ministry said China's government would ensure the safety and rights of Chinese nationals and Chinese-invested institutions in North Korea.

The announcement came after Pyongyang authorities said Friday that they could not guarantee the safety of embassies and international organizations in the country 'in the event of conflict from April 10th,' and suggested they may want to evacuate their staff.

Indonesia's foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday that it had a contingency plan for the worst possible scenario in Pyongyang and planned to evacuate its diplomats.

Indonesia currently has 30 diplomats in the northern Asia country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia would not evacuate its staff from Pyongyang, after revealing Friday that his country had received a communication from North Korean authorities suggesting that it get its staff out in view of the tensions on the peninsula.

French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said that his government had no plans to evacuate its cooperation bureau staff in North Korea or French citizens with non-governmental groups and United Nations organizations there.

(By Lawrence Chiu, Chou Yung-chieh and Ann Chen)

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