THE New Zealand Navy frigate Te Mana is still due to visit South Korea, despite escalating tension in the region.
Te Mana left Auckland in February to train as part of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore, Vietnam, Korea and Japan.
Last week North Korea declaired it was in a “state of war” with South Korea, and has indicated it is looking to restart its nuclear programme.
A spokesperson for New Zealand Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said it was too early to make a call on whether Te Mana’s visit will go ahead, Radio NZ reported.
The United States said on Wednesday that it was moving an advanced missile defence system to the Pacific island of Guam as North Korea increases its rhetoric.
North Korea said its military had been given final approval to launch a nuclear strike, and has repeatedly threatened the US and South Korea, following a nuclear test in February.
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