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Gov't says plans in place over heightened Korean tensions: spokesman

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung sought to assuage concerns as tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to rise, stating that the government and related agencies have plansin place on Saturday.

Tensions reached a new high when reports this week said the U.S. was ready to launch a pre-emptive strike, with China calling for all sides to pull back from an "irreversible and unmanageable stage."

When prompted by reporters on the possibility that the government would consider pulling out Taiwanese expats from the region, Hsu stressed that the government is aware of the situation. The Foreign Affairs Ministry has also asked officials working at the Taipei Mission in Korea to be cautious, Hsu said.

Hsu said the dangerous situation in North Korea is clear, citing reports that China has grounded all flights headed to Pyongyang. However, he could not speak openly about the government's information, saying that it involved international intelligence that was not possible to make public.

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