China on Monday expressed worry over the fate of two of its nationals abducted along with others from an oilfield in the war-torn Kordofan region.
Germany's N.Korea embassy to continue work 'for now'
A meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, in a photo taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on March 31, 2013. Germany's embassy in North Korea will continue working for the time being, Berlin said on Saturday following Pyongyang's warnings to several diplomatic missions that their safety could not be guaranteed.
"The security of the German embassy and its exposure to danger are continually being evaluated," the German foreign ministry said in a statement. "For now, the embassy can continue working."
"Regarding the embassy's security, there are ongoing consultations, particularly with the other foreign partners who also have embassies" in the country, the statement said.
The heads of EU missions in North Korea were to meet on Saturday to hammer out a common position following the Pyongyang's warning.
Most of their governments made it clear they had no immediate plans to withdraw personnel, and some suggested the advisory was a ruse to fuel growing global anxiety over the current crisis on the Korean peninsula.
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