Hague: We'll stay 'firm, united and calm' over N Korea

William Hague told Daybreak that Britain "should not play" to North Korea's rhetoric.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Britain must "keep calm" as he played down fears of an escalation of violence from a "provocative" North Korea, while confirming embassy officials will not be leaving Pyongyang.

Mr Hague told Daybreak "we should be worried that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons (and) missiles" but said, as a country, we must remain "firm, united and calm" in the face of the growing war "rhetoric".

"North Korea wants to show that it is a victim and to create a sense of crisis, so we shouldn't play to that all of the time," he said.

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