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Lawton's Korean Community Concerned About Families in South Korea

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LAWTON Okla_ The tension between North and South Korea has some in Lawton's Korean community worried about their loved ones in South Korea.

7News spoke to several people in the area, and all said they are concerned about Kim Jong-Un's threats against South Korea. However, they say relatives still living in South Korea are not frightened by them. As footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un practicing his shooting and launching missile tests flood the news, Kum-Suk McLaughlin said it sends a chill down her spine.

"It's scary. I'm worried, because my family is there in Korea," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said her brother, sister, and nephew currently live in South Korea.

"We all pray nothing happens, but really think about it," McLaughling said.

She said they communicate daily through e-mails.

"It seems like they're fine over there," she said.

South Korean native Tony Han agrees. He said he and his family here in America are keeping a close eye on the situation.

"We watch the South Korean TV as well as the news everyday," Han said, "But ironically, South Koreans are calm and relaxed and are living a normal life there everyday."

Han said that does not stop his constant concern for his family and friends, mainly because of the unpredictability of the new North Korean leader.

"We don't know much about 30-year-old Kim Jong-Un, the young dictator. So, it can happen in one snap, just like that."

Both McLaughlin and Han say while North Korea has threatened South Korea with nuclear strikes in the past, they hope a higher power will calm things down again.

"I think he needs Jesus," McLaughlin said. "I think he needs Jesus. That way all war will end peacefully."

"I'm a member of the Presbyterian Korean church in Lawton," Han said. "We do pray every Sunday, especially about the situation here right now. So hopefully Kim Jong-Un knows what he is doing right now. So, I hope he changes his mind and peacefully end up with everybody happy."

Both McLaughlin and Han say their families have no plans of an evacuation just in case North Korea does decide to strike, but that is a thought they will talk about with their family.

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