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Ends the term for foreigners to leave North Korea

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Аuthor: AFP/SCANPIXGiven the growing tension on the Korean Peninsula, Latvian Foreign Ministry does not recommend residents to visit North Korea, aside from emergencies.

Seeing as how North Korea does not have a Latvian embassy, residents there can seek consular aid through embassies of other EU countries. In emergency situations, residents are advised to contact the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Consular department via its 24/7 hotline (+ 371 26 33 77 11), Foreign Ministry reports.

The ministry also strongly advises any resident planning to travel abroad to first acquire a life and health insurance policy.

Wednesday, April 10, marks the end of the term provided by North Korea for foreign diplomats and other civilians to leave the country, otherwise the country cannot guarantee their safety.

Foreign diplomats remain in the country and continue their work, but tourists do not show signs of increased concern over the situation.

Meanwhile, the matter of whether or not North Korea decides to perform launches of provocative missiles or nuclear tests remains open. Experts believe North Korea’s threats about a possible nuclear strike are but loud words, Latvian Radio reports.

As South Korea’s National Security experts reported last week, North Korea could perform its tests on April 10 or later. So far, there have been no signs of an all-out war in the region. This is why the threats of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un are, most likely, attempts to provoke USA and South Korea to concede and not begin a conflict.

British Defence Minister William Hague previously said that North Korea has overestimated its abilities if it believes its own paranoid rhetoric.

At the same time, military experts mention that there is currently no proof that North Korea may, indeed, posses intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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