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Mixed reaction to North Korea's latest warning

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - 01:22

April 9 - As North Korea warns foreign residents to leave South Korea for safety -- a mixed reaction in Seoul and China. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Another warning from North Korean State TV ... this time to foreigners in South Korea that they should leave for their own safety. So far it's been war of words with Pyongyang showing little action beyond the rhetoric. In Seoul a University professor sees a growing threat. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSOR AT SOOKMYUNG WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY, TODD HOLOUBEK, FROM THE UNITED STATES, SAYING: "It feels like today's announcement is another step forward towards this consistently shifting line of when will something really happen. Up until now it has been a lot of gestures and a lot of words, so this feels likes one more step closer to that line." In a town in China next to the North Korean border residents are taking the threats in stride. (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) 53-YEAR-OLD DANNDONG RESIDENT LI WEI SAYING: "I'm not worried. I don't think they will launch a missile casually. I don't think they will make this move. I've lived here for a long time with my family and I pay attention to this issue, and I don't think they will do it." Speculation has grown that the North would launch some sort of provocative action this week -- perhaps a missile launch or a fresh nuclear weapons test.

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Mixed reaction to North Korea's latest warning

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - 01:22