N. Korea to Foreigners: Get Out, Avoid 'Thermonuclear War'
South shrugs over warning for non-Koreans to clear out
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2013 7:06 AM CDT
Updated Apr 9, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
People watch a TV program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Seoul Railway Station Sunday, April 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – North Korea has a new bellicose warning for foreigners, this time for those in South Korea: Get out. "The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermonuclear war," said an official statement from Pyongyang, per the New York Times. The North "does not want to see foreigners in South Korea fall victim to the war." South Korea, however, is largely shrugging in response. “How long are we going to repeat this vicious cycle where the North Koreans create tensions and we give them compromises and aid?” asked President Park Geun-hye today.

Most embassies in South Korea have issued no warnings, with the US embassy stating that there's no indication of "imminent threats" to Americans, Reuters reports. A South Korea tourism operator says that while "we have foreign tourists calling us to ask whether it’s safe to go to the border," tourists are heading to the DMZ nonetheless. Meanwhile, North Koreans didn't show up for work today at the Kaesong industrial complex, the BBC reports, following Pyongyang's announcement that it would pull its workers from the site. Some 475 South Koreans remain at the complex, notes Reuters, but 77 are due to leave today, the South's government says.

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fedupamerican
Apr 10, 2013 2:53 AM CDT
Have you ever seen one of those little yapping mutts in a fenced yard? They bark and raise hell until you open the gate to get in the yard. The minute you go in the yard they run screaming like their ass is on fire. Kim Jong Un, stfu. Or someone will shut you up.
iq145
Apr 9, 2013 10:18 PM CDT
I'VE BEEN SAYING IT ALL ALONG... Kim Shlong Un is a depressed fat little kid making a grand global-scale attempt at a highly publicized suicide. Message to all innocent people of North Korea who don't agree with their foolish young leader, and to anyone else in that dump from elsewhere: Get out now, while you can. (Of course, i think if they try to leave, the punk would have them stopped and maybe force them to "drink the kool-aid"). He thinks he can make other countries look like the "bad guys"...
backpath2
Apr 9, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
I wish Kim Jong Un's Chinese handlers would stuff a sock in his mouth, and duct tape it in place. While they're at it, why don't they fly him to Beijing, and stick him into the locked ward of a mental hospital? We're all a bit tired of listening to Kim's delusional crap.