朝鲜再次发出战争威胁 North Korea Issues New Warnings of War

09 April, 2013

朝鲜敦促外国人离开韩国,躲避可能发生的军事冲突,这是在朝鲜半岛发出的又一次战争威胁。

朝鲜官方的通讯社星期二发表朝鲜亚太和平委员会的声明,敦促外国旅游者和外国企业为自身安全起见,要采取撤离首尔和韩国其他地区的措施。

朝鲜上星期曾向驻首都平壤的外国使馆发出类似的警告。

与此同时,朝鲜员工星期二没有到朝鲜与韩国共建的开城工业园区上班,此前平壤暂停在园区的运作,而这一园区是双方之间最后一个直接的经济往来纽带。

韩国总统朴槿惠说,平壤星期一决定将5万多名员工撤出开城工业园区,这将损害朝鲜在世界上的商业信誉。

开城工业园区的韩国公司每年为朝鲜经济带来大约九千万美元收入。从上星期开始,朝鲜方面拒绝让韩国人进入开城工业园区。

与此同时,日本开始在东京市区及周边地区部署弹道导弹拦截系统,以在朝鲜发动导弹袭击时保护这座城市。

国际社会对朝鲜实行新一轮制裁激怒了平壤,朝鲜半岛近几个星期来紧张局势升级,平壤威胁要袭击韩国、美国以及亚太地区的美国盟友。

North Korea has urged foreigners to leave South Korea to avoid a possible military conflict, issuing yet another threat of war on the Korean peninsula.

The North's official news agency issued a statement from the regime's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee Tuesday, urging foreign tourists and enterprises "to take evacuation measures out of Seoul and South Korea for their own safety.''

North Korea issued a similar warning last week to foreign embassies in the capital of Pyongyang.  

Meanwhile, North Korean workers failed to show up for work Tuesday at the Kaesong joint industrial zone with South Korea, after Pyongyang suspended operations at the last direct economic link between the two nations.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye says that Pyongyang's decision Monday to withdraw more than 50,000 workers from the facility will hurt the North's credibility in the world as a place to do business.  

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have worsened in recent weeks, as North Korea, angered by a new round of international sanctions, has threatened to attack the South, the United States and U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific region.