AUSTN (KXAN) - The less-than-veiled threats of all-out war coming from North Korea's 30 year-old leader, Kim Jong Un have put the western world on notice. But for some in Austin's Korean population, the threats of war are nothing new.
Even though the intimidation tactics have prompted a massive US military response, including moving a navy destroyer to the area, many don't believe an all-out war is on the horizon.
"He'll do anything possible to maintain his control, his power," Lifeway Community Church pastor Paul Lee said. "If that means killing a few hundred, a few thousand people he's going to do it. We believe that."
There was a mindfulness about Pastor Lee Thursday as he filed weekly church bulletins in the foyer of his Korean Presbyterian church in North Austin, which has 850 members.
While not fearful of a large-scale battle, Lee doesn't take lightly the increasingly threatening actions from North Korea's new leader, Kim Jung Un, which reportedly include moving missiles closer to the country's coast.
"He seems very aggressive in our opinion. It's because he's new and he's trying to make a statement to the world, Pastor Lee said. "We're basically praying for the unification of North and South Korea because the people that are suffering the most are the people in North Korea. There are millions of people starving and dying each and every year."
At Korean Grill restaurant, 19-year-old student Ethan Lee said he recently spoke with his sister who lives in a suburb of Seoul, South Korea. There, she said some companies are giving workers extra money so they can stock up on groceries, just in case.
But the prevailing view among Ethan and his college-aged friends is Kim Jong Un is more like an irritating insect you put up with. And in South Korea, daily life goes on.
"They even started a new baseball season as I guess they're not as scared," he said laughing.
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