Tensions in North Korea

28 April 2017 ,  —


Heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula has raised concerns that military hostilities are imminent. Despite the heated rhetoric of recent weeks, International SOS and Control Risks assessment of the situation indicates that the likelihood of military action between the North Korea and the US and South Korea is low. However, due to the current volatility there is the potential that the situation could change very quickly and result in a rapid escalation of events and conflict.

In preparation in case of an escalation of the situation, we are advising organisations and members to:
  • be prepared to defer non-essential inbound travel at short notice
  • review business continuity plans
  • identify ‘stand-fast’ locations with several days of supplies in case the situation prompts the closure of local airports
  • plan should include provision for internal relocation of employees or withdrawal from South Korea at short notice

For the latest information and advice, members are advised to register for email alerts and review the travel security updates on Travel Security Online and through the International Membership Portal.

The International SOS Assistance App can be downloaded here. For additional information and advice, members are advised to call their local International SOS Assistance Centre.

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About International SOS and Control Risks

Our alliance brings together two of the world’s leading medical and security specialists, International SOS and Control Risks. Our combined resources and expertise are well placed to meet the customers’ growing need for integrated travel security risk services. Our solutions ensure that mobile employees are safe and productive and help employers with their duty of care obligations. 50 dedicated experts, located across the globe with access to over 200 dedicated travel security experts through 26 regional Assistance Centres and a partner network of over 700 accredited providers, produce global travel security information and analysis 24/7. We also provide travel security training, preventative travel assessment, support with the development of travel security risk policies, evacuation plans and the latest technology to enable clients to track and communicate with their mobile employees.