Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Fewer than 10 Italians in Pyongyang, ambassador says


Tokyo, April 5 - The Italian embassy in Seoul told
ANSA Friday that fewer than 10 Italians were in Pyongyang, North
Korea following the Communist government's announcement there
for foreign diplomatic missions to begin evacuating staff amid
growing tension on the Korean peninsula.
"We are in close contact with them, just as we have been in
recent days. Their safety is guaranteed," said Sergio Mercuri,
adding that international diplomats had yet to be evacuated.
Earlier in the day South Korea said two warships deployed
this week to monitor the situation in the Sea of Japan and the
Yellow Sea were now in operation after the North reportedly
moved at least one mid-range missile to its east coast.
Pyongyang has been steadily increasing the tone of its
rhetoric in recent days with repeated threats of war against the
South in response to joint military exercises with the United
States that began last month.
On Tuesday North Korea announced that it would be
reactivating its nuclear reactors at the Yongbyon complex and
then blocked South Koreans from crossing the border to work at
the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone, prompting Moscow to
describe the situation as "explosive".
Italians living in North Korea are mostly involved in
humanitarian missions.

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