Iran ready to help find peaceful solution to Korean crisis

Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Abbas Araghchi

Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Abbas Araghchi

IRNA -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Abbas Araqchi here on Wednesday voiced Iranˈs readiness to help find a peaceful solution to the Korean crisis.

ˈIran would be ready to help find a peaceful solution to the existing crisis in the Korean peninsula if it was deemed necessary by the two sides,ˈ Arachi announced in an exclusive interview with IRNA.
The diplomat stressed that the two Koreas have repeatedly announced that they were not seeking a war.
ˈWe take this as a positive signal to the international community for their assistance to reduce the tension and find a peaceful way out of the disputes,ˈ Araqchi stressed.
Commenting on some reports claiming that Pyongyang had warned foreign diplomats to leave its soil by April 10, Araqchi said, ˈPyongyang has only asked foreign embassies and offices of international organizations to announce their needed facilities in order to provide more security for their staff.ˈ
He said that Pyongyang was differently quoted by media.
Asked if the Iranian diplomats had left North Korea, Araqchi said, ˈGiven the sensitivity of the issue, we are considering the situation to make due decision in this conncetion.ˈ
The Iranian diplomat also called on both Pyongyang and Seoul to avoid provocative moves against each other and try to find a peaceful solution to their problem.
He reiterated that waging a nuclear war would be of no help to the global peace and stability.

Press TV -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) ‘North Korea did not ask foreign diplomats to leave’

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Abbas Araqchi has rejected claims about North Korea demanding foreign diplomats to leave the country.
Araqchi said Wednesday that there have been different reports about Pyongyang asking foreign diplomats to leave the country before April 10.
As far as we know, the North Korean Foreign Ministry asked embassies and offices of international organizations in a meeting to inform the Foreign Ministry of what they need to provide security for their offices and staff by April 10, he added.
Earlier this week, a number of Western media reports claimed North Korea had informed foreign embassies that it would no longer be able to ensure their safety after April 10 and they should consider leaving the country.
When asked whether Iranian diplomats had left North Korea, Araqchi said considering the sensitivity of the matter Tehran is evaluating the situation in order to make necessary decisions.
The prospects of a war on the Korean Peninsula have sharply risen following the participation of nuclear-capable US B-52s and B-2 stealth bombers in recent joint military drills with South Korea.
On March 30, North Korea declared that it is in a “state of war” with South Korea, warning that any provocation by Seoul and Washington will trigger an all-out nuclear war.

Fars NA -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) Iran Offers Help to Settlement of Korean Crisis

Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Abbas Araqchi here on Wednesday voiced Iran’s readiness to help find a peaceful solution to the Korean crisis.
“Iran would be ready to help find a peaceful solution to the existing crisis in the Korean peninsula if it was deemed necessary by the two sides,” Arachi announced in an interview with Islamic republic news agency.
The diplomat stressed that the two Koreas have repeatedly announced that they were not seeking a war.
“We take this as a positive signal to the international community for their assistance to reduce the tension and find a peaceful way out of the disputes,” Araqchi stressed.
Commenting on some reports claiming that Pyongyang had warned foreign diplomats to leave its soil by April 10, Araqchi said, “Pyongyang has only asked foreign embassies and offices of international organizations to announce their needed facilities in order to provide more security for their staff.”
He said that Pyongyang was differently quoted by the media.
Asked if the Iranian diplomats had left North Korea, Araqchi said, “Given the sensitivity of the issue, we are considering the situation to make due decision in this connection.”
The Iranian diplomat also called on both Pyongyang and Seoul to avoid provocative moves against each other and try to find a peaceful solution to their problem.
He reiterated that waging a nuclear war would be of no help to the global peace and stability.

 

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