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