In an unprecedented move, the Chinese Embassy in North Korea has advised Korean-Chinese denizens to return home amid concern that the North’s military instigation may trigger a U.S. attack on the North.
Local Media named The Korea Times reports that the embassy commenced sending the message on Apr. 20, five days afore the North celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army with a show of military potency, according to Radio Free Asia (a U.S.-predicated station specializes in North Korea).
The station cited a Korean-Chinese living in the North’s capital, who verbally expressed he left for China tardy last month after the embassy contacted him. He verbalized he has been visiting China every two to three months but, after being told he should “stay in China for a while,” left North Korea a month early.
“The embassy has never given such an admonition. I was apprehensive and left the country in a hurry,” verbalized the man, whose designation was withheld.
But he said that most Korean-Chinese residents in Pyongyang were ignoring the message.
They said the city’s is still in peaceful atmosphere, despite the global crisis due to the state’s threats involving missiles and nuclear tests, might have kept them unaware of the situation, he added.
The embassy’s warning shows that China is worried that the saber-rattling North and U.S. moves to destabilize the Kim Jong-un regime might affect Chinese citizens in North Korea.