North Korea has urged foreigners to leave South Korea to avoid a possible military conflict, issuing yet another threat of war on the Korean peninsula.
The North's official news agency issued a statement from the regime's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee Tuesday, urging foreign tourists and enterprises "to take evacuation measures out of Seoul and South Korea for their own safety.''
North Korea issued a similar warning last week to foreign embassies in the capital of Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, North Korean workers failed to show up for work Tuesday at the Kaesong joint industrial zone with South Korea, after Pyongyang suspended operations at the last direct economic link between the two nations.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye says that Pyongyang's decision Monday to withdraw more than 50,000 workers from the facility will hurt the North's credibility in the world as a place to do business.
South Korean companies in the industrial zone contribute an estimated $90 million each year to the North Korean economy. Last week, North Korea blocked South Korean access to the zone.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have worsened in recent weeks, as North Korea, angered by a new round of international sanctions, has threatened to attack the South, the United States and U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
Japan has responded to North Korea's threats by deploying ballistic missile interceptors in key locations in and around Tokyo to defend the city in the event of a missile attack by North Korea.
North Korea will mark the 101st anniversary of the birth of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, April 15th, with pomp, ceremony and displays of military strength. Kim Il Sung led the communist country from 1948 until his death in 1994. His grandson, Kim Jong Un, currently holds power.