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MSU Korean Prof Reacts to North Korea Nuclear Weapon Threats


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - North Korea's military was given the green light to attack the United States with nuclear weapons Thursday.

The country reportedly moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast.


It hasn't been easy for visiting MSU professor Young Tae Kim. He has a wife and children in South Korea, a United States ally. Kim says he has been worried about his family and friends back home.




"When I heard about the news, I was surprised and then I also had a lot of concern," said Kim.




Kim says while he and his family don't take threats from their neighbor to the north lightly, it isn't time to panic just yet.


"Yeah I'm worried, but I don't think there is an immediate threat," he said.

And he's not alone. Sherman Garnett, Dean of MSU's James Madison School, says North Korean leader Kim Jung Un faces too strong an opposition to make good on his threats.


"I don't think he has the arsenal, nor is the country in shape to follow through on his threats immediately without putting his own regime in danger," said Garnett.

Garnett says if North Korea attacks South Korea, the U.S. will likely retaliate. "We'd treat it as an obligation. We wouldn't be indifferent to an attack on South Korea."

Kim says he's familiar with North Korea making these kinds of threats. They've done it in the past. For now, he says the South Korean people are staying relatively calm, but for his family's sake, he says the U.S. and South Korea have to take threats seriously because this time the nation actually has nuclear weapons.

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