S Korea expects missile test by North

A top South Korean national security official said Sunday that North Korea may be setting the stage for a missile test or another provocative act

Written by Associated Press | Seoul | Published: April 8, 2013 1:04 am

A top South Korean national security official said Sunday that North Korea may be setting the stage for a missile test or another provocative act with its warning that it soon will be unable to guarantee diplomats’ safety in Pyongyang. But he added that the North’s clearest objective is to extract concessions from Washington and Seoul.

Many nations are deciding what to do about the notice,which said their diplomats’ safety in Pyongyang cannot be guaranteed beginning this Wednesday.

Citing North Korea’s suggestion that diplomats leave the country,South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s national security director said Pyongyang may be planning a missile launch or another provocation around Wednesday,according to presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing.

During a meeting with other South Korean officials,the official,Kim Jang-Soo also said the notice to diplomats and other recent North Korean actions are an attempt to stoke security concerns and to force South Korea and the US to offer a dialogue.

Kim Jang-Soo said the North would face “severalfold damages’’ for any hostilities.

Tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang led South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff to announce Sunday that its chairman had put off a visit to Washington.

Need to avoid chaos,says Xi

BOAO: In an indirect but clear reference to the North Korean crisis,China’s president,Xi Jinping,said Sunday that no country should be allowed to threaten world peace.

“No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain,” the President said during a speech in Boao,China.

Xi did not name any countries or disputes,but in separate remarks,China’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday repeated its “grave concern” over the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. NYT

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