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U.S. Not Telling Americans in South Korea to Make Special Plans

April 09, 2013

The U.S. is not telling American travelers or businesspeople to leave South Korea after North Korea urged foreigners there to flee to avoid the dangers of a potential war.

“There’s no specific information to indicate an imminent threat,” said State Department Acting Spokesman Patrick Ventrell, who said that the U.S. hasn’t changed its security posture and sees the North Korean warning as part of “a pattern of provocative rhetoric.”

While the State Department and the Obama administration are taking “all appropriate measures,” Ventrell said, they are “not encouraging Americans to take any special travel preparations.”

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