Locals weigh in on North Korea - WNCT

Locals weigh in on North Korea

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. -

Koreans here in Pitt County are watching their televisions closely, as North Korean leaders are threatening to test missiles.

Pastor Gun Lee of Winterville's Korean Presbyterian says growing up in South Korea; threats from the north are common.

Lee says because Kim Jung Un is fairly new, he may try to excerpt his military power.

"This person is going to test it. So probably Kim Jung Un and other North Korean leaders are really testing us our patience, and what they can accept. So it's up to our leaders," said Lee.

Though they are concerned, lee says his family and friends in South Korea aren't panicking just yet.

"I don't think people are panicking in South Korea, I called my friends and family in South Korea they are not panicked. They are concerned as much as we are right now," said Lee.

News of North Korea's threats of pointing missiles at the United States has lee and his congregation watching what happens very closely.

"This time they are really putting so called scare tactic and threatening words, and some kind of really this might happen. So the intensity is much higher, and we are really concerned," said Lee.

East Carolina Political Science Professor Young Hun Kim says North Korea starting a war is unlikely, but the threats should be taken seriously.

"I think he is trying to show a very positive image to his people by launching several missiles or by expressing some antagonist words against South Korea and the U.S., I don't think he has any serious intention to wage war against the U.S. or South Korea. I don't think that the North Korea regime will be any serious threat to the U.S.; however, that country could be a serious threat to Japan and South Korea. I think that is the thing that North Korea wants to show," said Kim.

Kim and Lee say it's unlikely that North Korea will actually go through with the missile threats.

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