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    Posted April 9, 2013 by
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    Gimhae, South Korea
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    North Korea crisis: Your views

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    On vacation in South Korea

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     U.S. tourist Eugene Benoit is currently traveling in South Korea visiting friends and has been struck by the calm atmosphere, although he says some South Korean soldiers he spoke to were nervous. His family, however, are fearful for his safety and urging him to come home. "My wife and daughters and my mother are all saying 'come home early, it is too dangerous there!'," he says. "But I say there is nothing to worry about and I am sincere about that."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    I decided to travel to South Korea and visit friends from March 21 to April 16, and I have not seen any change in social behavior in all the places I've visited. No one is hoarding food, withdrawing money, or changing their routines. It is as though North Korea did not even exist. Yes, there is news coverage about North Korea's threats, but after the news, my friends say, "so, where are we going for dinner again?" No one here takes North Korea seriously. South Koreans recognize North Korea as a desperate country propped up by China to undermine tranquility in the world, yet no one here is falling for their antics. What people here say though is that North Korea's government is the largest criminal organization in the world and their sole interest is preserving their luxurious lifestyle. The last thing the North Korean government wants to do is lose that, and that is why North Korean is not about to engage in real war. So, no one is really worried here.
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