Living Here During the North Korean Threats

When North Korea Strikes

Initial Reaction

So America and the rest of the world are freaking about Korea. Is South Korea freaking out? Not at all. In these dangerous times, North Korea held a nuclear test on February 12th. At this time, “Innisfree” and “Jessica” ranked as the top search words of Naver instead of the nuclear test or North Korea [source]. One, is a natural makeup company that was having sales that day, and the other is one of the members of Girls Generation, a K-Pop group. The article continues to talk about 20-year-old’s and their lack of awareness or concern for national security.

So as things built up, no one reacted. Not my teachers, students, or friends. This is their lives, my teacher recalled her childhood filled with threats and even events as recent as November 2010, when North Korea shelled a South Korean border island, Yeonpyeong, killing four South Koreans, including two civilians.

My Two Cents on It

Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten more and more concerned, mostly because friends and family from home are constantly messaging me and asking if I am okay, thus freaking me out more. Life here is as normal as ever, though I am sure the South Korean military and intelligence are doing all they can to help us.  Personally, I don’t think war will break out.  North Korea has too much to lose and not enough to fully make a dent either with South Korea or with America, because they are both invested in this. Needless to say, I have taken all the steps necessary to make sure I can be as prepared as possibly in case the situation changes.

I know, silly video, but I can’t let myself over worry about the situation. We are already seeing some foreign teachers leaving South Korea even though America is telling us, as of April 4th,  not to:

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that despite current political tensions with North Korea there is no specific information to suggest there are imminent threats to U.S. citizens or facilities in the Republic of Korea (ROK).  The Embassy has not changed its security posture and we have not recommended that U.S. citizens who reside in, or plan to visit, the Republic of Korea take special security precautions at this time.  The U.S. Embassy takes as its highest priority the welfare of American citizens in Korea.  Should the security situation change, the Embassy will issue updated information.

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A History of Attacks from North Korea

History of North Korean Attacks on South Korea

History of North Korean Attacks on South Korea [source]

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6 thoughts on “Living Here During the North Korean Threats

  1. Let’s ignore the history of U.S. imperialism and militarism of Korea… hmmm… Let’s ignore the history of Park Chunghee’s dictatorship and violently forced plans to “develop” (essentially gentrify) all of South Korea and violently impose capitalist ideology (talk about human rights violations)… Let’s ignore the “war games” that are facilitated by U.S. troops (every year for the past few decades), which, who the hell knows why, are still stationed in South Korea… Let’s ignore the history of occupation and division of the Korean peninsula instigated by U.S. intervention post WWII… Who seems to be the real “bully” in this conflict? Whatever happened to self-determination and sovereignty?

    • I see your point, I don’t understand why America hasn’t left while Russia left NK a long time ago. But at the end of the day, America isn’t forcing NK to make threats. We are in charge of our own actions, and NK is making its feelings well known.

  2. Hey Alex it’s just like in Israel (where I live when not in CHina) when the Hezbolla or the Syrians threaten stuff we go out and buy Tuna and water!

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