France taking N.Korea situation 'seriously', no evacuation plans

France on Friday said it was taking the situation in North Korea "seriously" and urged Pyongyang to refrain from any new provocation, but said it had no immediate plans to evacuate French nationals from the country.

"We are taking the situation seriously and we are in close cooperation with our European partners on the ground as well as the agencies of the United Nations," the French foreign ministry said in a statement.

"We do not envisage at this stage to evacuate staff from the French Cooperation Bureau, composed of two agents, or French nationals working for non-governmental agencies and UN agencies there," it said.

"Once again, we urge North Korea to refrain from any new provocation."

France does not have formal diplomatic relations with North Korea.