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US dismisses latest N. Korea threat as 'unhelpful'

This image taken from North Korean TV on March 20, 2013 shows a suface to air missile during a live military drill
This image taken from North Korean TV on March 20, 2013 shows a self-propelled suface to air missile during a live military drill. The United States dismissed as "unhelpful" North Korea's warning that foreigners should consider leaving the South because a

The United States on Tuesday dismissed as "unhelpful" North Korea's warning that foreigners should consider leaving the South because a "thermo-nuclear" war on the peninsula was possible.

White House spokesman Jay Carney criticized Pyongyang for more "unhelpful rhetoric that serves only to escalate tensions."

Earlier Tuesday, North Korea said the peninsula was "inching close to a thermo-nuclear war," in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency.

Saying it did not want to see foreigners in South Korea "fall victim," the statement requested all foreign institutions, enterprises and tourists "to take measures for shelter and evacuation."

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