April 6, 2013
Earlier today North Korea warned foreign nations with personnel in the country to consider evacuating their embassies.
On the face of it this would be a signal that hostilities might break out soon, but analysts are saying that it means precisely the opposite:
“If Pyongyang were getting ready for an armed conflict in earnest, it would hardly have asked the foreign missions to leave the country,” Alexander Zhebin, head of the Korean Studies Center of Russian Academy of Science, told Interfax.
Zhebin explained that The North would use foreign diplomatic missions as a shield because strikes against their capital (i.e. where the embassies are) would “naturally have been condemned and rejected unanimously by Russia, China and other countries.”
This article was posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 4:45 am