Korean American community shares insights into nuclear incident

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 6:52 PM

At the Hmart in Federal Way, members of the Korean American community shopped for their groceries on Tuesday, while getting their latest information on North Korea's nuclear test.

Jae Shin's parents still live in South Korea. He doesn't think they're worried.

"My parents would never think North Korea would drop something on South Korea and commit suicide for both countries," Shin said.

Shin doesn't believe North Korea is doing anything more than flexing some muscles.

"I think they're bluffing," Shin said. "I think they like to be on the news. Little country not to be messed with."

Chang Kim agrees. He's more worried about collateral damage. What would happen to South Korea if there was an accident?

"No we're upper class, Seoul," Kim said. "What if we get bombed? They would completely. We would have to restart again like we did in 1950. So we don't want that."

More than 60,000 Korean Americans live in Washington state. Some of them still have family living in North Korea.

John Oh, who fled his homeland when he was 14. Oh is the chairman for the Seattle Chapter of the National Unification Advisory Council, a group trying to reunify the people of North and South Korea.

Oh fears the nuclear testing will further isolate North Korea, pushing them into a desperate act.

"They might try any threat against their enemy. United States. South Korea," said Oh. "That's what I'm worried about."

 

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