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N.K's attempt to incite war fears among foreigners won't work: presidential spokeswoman

All Headlines 18:31 April 09, 2013

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's attempt to incite fears of war among foreigners in South Korea won't work, Seoul's presidential spokeswoman said Tuesday, after Pyongyang warned expats in the South to come up with evacuation plans if they don't want to fall victim to war.

The North's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee issued the warning to "all foreign institutions and enterprises and foreigners including tourists in Seoul and all other parts of South Korea," saying the situation on the Korean Peninsula is "inching close to a thermonuclear war."

Seoul's presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing said the warning is seen as psychological warfare.

"We understand that not only South Koreans, but also foreigners residing here remain unfazed at all as they have great trust and confidence in our military and the Republic of Korea," Kim said, using South Korea's official name.

The spokeswoman also warned the North against conducting a widely expected missile launch, saying Pyongyang should decide whether it wants its regime to become weaker from piling on more political and economic pressure or to become stronger as a healthy member of the international community.

Officials in Seoul have said that the North has moved a medium-range ballistic missile to its east coast and completed all preparations for a launch. A missile firing is sure to send the already high tensions soaring.

"North Korea should make the right choice about its future," Kim said. "Considering the trend so far, we believe the time hereafter is important. We are keeping a close watch over North Korea's military moves and keep checking on our countermeasures."

jschang@yna.co.kr
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