Vietnam not evacuating citizens from Korea

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The Vietnam Embassy in South Korea has said that there is no need to move Vietnamese citizens out of South Korea despite tensions in the Korean Peninsula that have made headlines recently.

The governments of South Korea and the other countries which have citizens living there have yet to issue any warnings about the possibility of a war or recommendations for leaving South Korea, the Vietnam embassy said in a public statement, adding that life in the East Asian country was "normal."

It advised the Vietnamese community in South Korea to stay up to date on the situation and to contact Vietnamese agencies in case of emergency.

Earlier, the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said it was working with Ministry of Foreign Affairs on an evacuation plan for Vietnamese citizens in South Korea, and promised the evacuations could take place whenever needed.

Vietnam's neighbors, Thailand and the Philippines, also have drawn up their own evacuation plans.

North Korea warned foreign embassies in its capital Pyongyang it could not guarantee their diplomats' safety if conflict occurred.

But many governments including Britain, Czech Republic and Poland have told the media that they have no plans to evacuate. 

A report by the Korean Central News Agency quoted the North Korea's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee as saying that it requested that all foreigners in South Korea "take measures for shelter and evacuation in advance for their safety" while warning for "a thermonuclear war" due to what it claimed were "evermore undisguised hostile actions" and "moves for a war against the DPRK (North Korea)" by the United States and South Korea.

"Once a war is ignited on the peninsula, it will be an all-out war, ie a merciless sacred retaliatory war to be waged by the DPRK," the committee said, adding that "It does not want to see foreigners in South Korea fall victim to the war."

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These recent statements were issued following North Korean's announcement on March 30, which said it had entered a "state of war" with the South as the North accused the United States and its "puppet forces" in South Korea of taking many actions to undermine the armistice agreement ending the three-year Korean War in 1953.

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