The Washington Times - April 9, 2013, 01:13PM

White House spokesman Jay Carney called North Korea’s warning to foreigners in South Korea to leave the country yet another “unhelpful” threat by Pyongyang.

Asked whether the United States is taking North Korea’s new warning seriously, Mr. Carney said only that the latest threat is “more unhelpful rhetoric that serves only to escalate tensions” and “further isolate[s] North Korea from the international community.”

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“We continue to urge the North Korean leadership to heed President Obama’s call to choose the path of peace and to come into compliance with its international obligations,” Mr. Carney said.

He referred questions about whether the U.S. government would revise travel warnings for Americans in South Korea to the State Department and said the Obama administration is taking “prudent measures in response to the stepped-up rhetoric and actions by the North Koreans.”