Representatives of the embassies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have vowed that their countries will take necessary measures to protect the lives and property of Vietnamese citizens living there.

Meeting with a Vietnamese Foreign Ministry representative in Hanoi on April 8, a DPRK diplomat affirmed that under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Ties, the DPRK is responsible for ensuring the safety of lives and assets of foreign representative agencies and international organisations in the country, including the Vietnamese Embassy.

Meanwhile, a RoK diplomat on April 9 said that the country will closely co-ordinate with foreign representative agencies in the RoK and take necessary measures to ensure the safety of foreigners in the country.

The Vietnamese side voiced deep concern at the current tension in the Korean peninsula and expressed wishes that relevant sides will restrain themselves and make efforts to ease the tension and maintain peace and stability in the region.

A representative from the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department said on April 9 that the ministry is maintaining regular and close contacts with domestic agencies and Vietnamese embassies in Seoul and Pyongyang to monitor the situation, adding that the life of the people living in those cities and other localities in the Korean peninsula are still normal.-VNA