MOFA, MND focus on Korean Peninsula after NK threat
By Joseph Yeh,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's foreign and defense ministries yesterday said they are closely monitoring the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea threatened Tuesday to nullify the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953.
March 7, 2013, 11:58 am TWN
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) deputy spokesman Calvin Ho (何震寰) said the ministry has ordered its representative offices to collate government responses from around the world regarding Pyongyang's statement on Tuesday.
The ministry will continue to monitor developments in North Korea and the possible impact the statement may have on the East Asian region, Ho added.
“Maintaining regional peace and stability is a longstanding position of the Republic of China that is consistent with the interests of the concerned countries,” Ho said.
When asked to comment, military spokesman Lou Shuo-he said yesterday that the Ministry of National Defense (MND) will continue to closely watch developments in the Korean Peninsula.
In response to any possible conflict, the military accordance with instruction from the National Security Council (NSC) will adopt all necessary measures, he added.
Meanwhile, diplomatic sources said the NSC held a national security meeting yesterday morning to discuss North Korea's latest threat and its possible impact on the region.
North Korea Tuesday reportedly issued the threat, according to South Korean news reports, with the North citing U.S.-led international moves to impose new sanctions against North Korea over its recent nuclear test.
The North's military reportedly said it will cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.
North Korea further threatened to strike the United States with “lighter and smaller nukes.”