SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - If North Korea means to frighten Americans with warlike gestures, the strategy isn't working for many people here in Western Massachusetts.
In the latest in its series of escalating threats, North Korea moved a missile with considerable range to the country's East Coast. The missile doesn't have enough range to reach the United States, however, and students on the campus of American International College in Springfield told 22News they're not overly concerned about the prospect of war.
"I really don't have fear at all. I think the news channels have blown it up, I'm not really worried about it," freshman Dylan LaFerriere said.
"Basically they don't have enough funds to support like to bomb us or anything, I'm not really worried about it," freshman Sydney Tepley said.
Vietnam veteran Kevin English of Pelham in Hampshire County doesn't see any immediate threat, but he's concerned that North Korea's young leader seems to crave attention.
English urged America's leaders to tone-down their rhetoric and extend an olive branch.
"Just let him know, I put out a Facebook today, ‘can't we just be friends, Kim?' I know that's a worn-out phrase, but still that makes sense," English said.
In a news conference held earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that some of North Korea's recent actions present a "real and clear danger" to U.S. interests in East Asia . There are 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.