Britain asks S. Korea to refrain from broadcasts

January 8, 2016
(Graphic by Cho Sang-won)

(Graphic by Cho Sang-won)

Yokosuka, Japan (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is asking South Korea to refrain from resuming propaganda broadcasts across the border into North Korea.

Hammond said on a visit to Japan on Friday that he understands why South Korea feels the need to respond to North Korea’s nuclear test earlier this week.

But he continued, “we have to be bigger than the North Koreans. … We know responding in this way is simply rising to the bait North Korea is presenting to us.”

He adds that in return for asking for restraint, the international community needs to demonstrate to the South Koreans that it will do what’s needed to make sanctions against North Korea effective.