SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Dr. Young Kim left his home country of Korea about 30 years ago, but events happening in his homeland right now have him extremely concerned.
The standoff between communist North Korea and democratic South Korea, a key U.S. ally, has raised the threat of nuclear attacks and all-out war.
North Korea recently re-started a nuclear reactor that had been shut down for years, and has made threats about a making a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States and South Korea.
Kim, a clinical psychologist in Springfield, has family living in Seoul, South Korea's capital and largest city, and says that he is concerned for their wellbeing.
His relatives, however, who are much closer to where any possible fighting would take place, are not the least bit concerned, he said. He told 22News that people in the South may not be as worried, as they are now enjoying their highest standard of living ever.
North and South Korea have technically been at war since 1950, though all-out fighting between the two sides ended in a cease fire in 1953.