For U.B., Korean Crisis hits Home

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

By Patrick Taney

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April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT


Amherst (WKBW-TV) - At least 3 University at Buffalo students are studying abroad in South Korea as tensions rise in that part of the world. The students are there on an exchange program and are planning to finish out the semester despite ramped up threats by nearby North Korea to launch a missile attack. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D. N.Y) says he has spoken to the State Department and so far no alerts have been issued to visitors or students who are in Korea indicating they are not in immediate danger. The department is closely monitoring the situation and if it deems the situation dangerous will issue a travel alert.
Meanwhile, here at home, South Korean native Jung Min Kim is living on U.B.'s north campus studying on exchange. "Since my family friends and relatives are still in Korea, I am still worried about it." Kim Says. But he does not believe the North will launch war anytime soon and neither does Professor Mark Nathan, who specializes in Asian studies. "It would mean the end of the North's system, end of the country." But experts like Nathan say a missile test is likely, perhaps this week to mark the 101st birthday of the country's founder. While the tension has heightened fears here in the U.S., those closest to the situation, in South Korea aren't in panic mode. Kim says they've lived with the threats for years, and while taking them seriously, life goes on.
"They're working as normal. They're doing what they've been doing." He says.