In an unprecedented move, the Chinese Embassy in North Korea on Apr. 20 urged Korean-Chinese residents to return home.
The message from the embassy was delivered less than a week prior to Pyongyang’s 85th-anniversary celebration of the Korean People’s Army, according to a report from Radio Free Asia on Tuesday.
A Korean-Chinese who resides in Pyongyang and frequently visits China throughout the year told the station that he did as he was told and left North Korea a month earlier than planned.
“The embassy has never given such a warning. I was worried and left the country in a hurry,” he said, noting that most of his compatriots, on the other hand, weren’t really paying attention to the embassy’s advisory.
The interviewee explained that he thinks the “city’s peaceful atmosphere” could be the reason they seem so unaware of the situation brewing between North Korea and the United States.
The most recent missile test–which failed, as usual–was conducted by the North on Apr. 29.
The Communist country’s maniacal dictator typically celebrates anniversary occasions with missile and nuclear testing, but this didn’t happen during the 105th anniversary of the state’s founder Kim Il-sung’s birth on Apr. 15 and/or on the national military anniversary on Apr. 25.
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