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Taiwan has contingency measures for Korean situation

ROC Central News Agency

2013/04/09 21:00:30

A South Korean military post in Yeoncheon-gun, which is near the border with North Korea. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, April 9 (CNA) Taiwan has contingency measures in place to respond to developments on the Korean peninsula amid the threat of an attack by North Korea, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Tuesday.

The ministries of foreign affairs, national defense, transportation and communications and other related government agencies are closely following the situation and have response measures in place for every possible scenario, Jiang said in a statement.

His remarks came amid reports that North Korea was preparing for a missile launch on Wednesday and that it has warned foreigners in South Korea to evacuate.

Asked whether Taiwan plans to evacuate its nationals, Benjamin Liang, Taiwan's representative to South Korea, said the situation has not reached a level where evacuation is needed.

Liang stressed that his office has response measures in place to help Taiwanese nationals living there in case of an emergency.

The representative office is also in close contact with other countries, Liang said, adding that should other countries decide to evacuate their nationals, Taiwan will follow suit.

There are some 25,000 Taiwanese expatriates in South Korea, about 8,000 of whom live in Seoul, he added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs again urged North Korea to exercise self-restraint and refrain from taking any action that could jeopardize regional peace and stability.

The ministry has also set up a task force to stay on top of events on the Korean peninsula and prepare for all possible scenarios, said ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao.

The ministry has issued its lowest-level gray travel advisory for South Korea, but has urged people intending to visit the country to pay extra attention to their personal safety.

Taiwanese nationals, however, have been advised to avoid non-essential travel to North Korea, for which the ministry has issued an orange travel alert.

Kao said the ministry will adjust the warning levels in line with the unfolding situation. The travel advisory system consists of four levels depending on the severity of the risks: grey, yellow, orange and red.

(By Elaine Hou)

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