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    South Korean Social Media Users Express Worry

    As North Korea continues to talk about a war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula, many people using social media in South Korea say they are beginning to worry.  And they want their government to build a better relationship with the Pyongyang government.

    On Twitter, “iNoonbora” wrote Tuesday that “I’m afraid that a war would happen.  I’m not afraid of missiles but I’m afraid that I would be left in danger.”

    Twitter user “2000woo” said “All people are worrying about a war but the government doesn’t want to talk with North Korea.  Why don’t you actively build a trustful relationship with North Korea?”

    South Korea, allied with the United States, has no formal diplomatic ties with neighbor North Korea.
    One Twitter user recalls the days before the war North and South Korea fought in the early 1950s.  “Histopian” said “Right before the Korean War, lots of people insisted that if we try to have talks with the DPRK, we are tricked by them.  However, it’s better to have talks than not to.  At least the government will not be evaluated as the one that stands by idly.”

    “Soohjc” worries that North Korea may have put itself in a difficult position with its steady threats to use military force. “If I brag (to) my friends that I can run and climb a hill, friends will tell me to prove it.  So I will need to try, although I can’t do it.  North Korea is in the same situation.  I hope politicians solve problems wisely.”

    On the Korean site Naver Blog, “okrjstns100” writes “Now we worry about physical collision.  Hopefully, South Korea and North Korea understand each other and eliminate enmity.  I also hope that South and North Korea finally build a trustful relationship.”

    Also on Naver Blog, “am4410” urges South Koreans to stay calm. “The possibility that all-out war will happen is really low, because Kim Jong-Un knows how the result will be. There are not many things we can do now.  However, we should not be provoked (into reacting to North Korea) and live our lives as usual.”

    But on Daum Blog, “sangsangman” worries that North Korea could trigger events that cannot be controlled. “I wonder how the other nations will react if North Korea fires missiles.  I’m not sure if North Korea is just out of (its) mind or following some plans, but the DPRK must know that now the problems they make will not be easily resolved.”

    North Korea says it feels threatened by the United States, which maintains about 28,000 troops in South Korea, and that it is developing nuclear weapons to deter a U.S. attack.  Washington says it has no intention of attacking the North.

    Since December, Pyongyang has launched a long-range missile and tested a nuclear explosive device, both in violation of U.S. sanctions.  In the past few months, Pyongyang has issued threats and warnings of war almost daily, saying the U.S. plans to attack soon.  The North’s government has told embassies in Pyongyang they should consider evacuating by Wednesday, and warned foreigners they should leave South Korea.  But diplomats in both countries have said there are no signs of danger, and life in South Korea goes on normally.

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