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Anxious Times for Korean Americans as US-North Korean Tensions Remain Strong

posted by Randall

North Korean Demilitarized ZoneAs the Trump Administration considers its options to deal with North Korea, many in the Korean American community are watching for any update, big or small.
 
“We have uncles and aunts that still live in South Korea. We are definitely concerned about loved ones, Chon Lee told WISN.
 
USA Today this morning reported that every option remains on the table for the U.S.
 
“It depends on what price you are willing to pay,” said Dean Cheng, of the Think Tank, the Heritage Foundation. “North Korea has demonstrated a willingness to do things like sink a South Korean warship without provocation. If you give them provocation we don’t know what their response is.”
 
President Trump has not commented on North Korea for several days. That might be a good thing, according to Duke Lee, a Korean American who came to the U.S. as a teenager.
 
“There could be results by talking, not just having a war,” he said. “It’s possible we can sit down and deescalate the situation instead of making a decision right off the bat.”
 
Some analysts have warned the U.S. against going on the offensive.
 
“Unless you were in a crisis situation where we thought the North Koreans were getting ready to attack us, a preemptive strike against the North Korean nuclear and missile program is simply not a practical option,” Gary Samore, a former White House coordinator for weapons of mass destruction , proliferation and terrorism told Bloomberg. “This has always been the problem for the U.S. and our allies.”
 
The tensions are felt in both the international arena and the homes of Koreans everywhere.
 
“I know every hour you’re looking at your phone to see if there’s anything crazy that happened,” said Chon Lee.
 
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