US calls North Korea threat 'unhelpful'

2013-04-09 18:49


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Washington - The US on Tuesday dismissed as "unhelpful" North Korea's warning that foreigners should consider leaving the South because a "thermo-nuclear" war on the peninsula was possible.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney criticised Pyongyang for more "unhelpful rhetoric that serves only to escalate tensions”.

Earlier on Tuesday, North Korea said the peninsula was "inching close to a thermo-nuclear war," in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency.

Saying it did not want to see foreigners in South Korea "fall victim”, the statement requested all foreign institutions, enterprises and tourists "to take measures for shelter and evacuation."

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