Calm in the face of war


As ten­sions be­tween North Korea and the United States near boil­ing point, Korean New Zealan­ders are keep­ing a calm out­look.

North Korean leader KimJongUn again sent shock­waves around the world, when he launched a bal­lis­tic mis­sile that flew over Ja­pan be­fore it crashed into the Pa­cific, on Septem­ber 15.

The move sparked global con­dem­na­tion, tighter sanc­tions im­posed by the United Nations and an in­flam­ma­tory re­sponse from US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand area man­ager Mar­celle Fo­ley said as of June there were five North Kore­ans and more than 26,000 South Kore­ans liv­ing in New Zealand.

While it ap­peared from the out­side that ten­sions were at an all time high be­tween the two nu­clear states, the Korean So­ci­ety of Auck­land be­lieved war was sim­ply not a pos­si­bil­ity.

‘‘Our view is that ac­tive con­flict is not a pos­si­bil­ity on the Korean Penin­sula,’’ a spokesper­son said.

‘‘Both the North and South are com­mit­ted to keep­ing it that way. As Kore­ans, we are all ready to do our part to keep peace at the top of the agenda.’’

Do­ing their part, from amil­i­tary stand­point, was a tra­di­tion for Korean males aged 18 to 25. Un­der

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