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Tensions Surrounding North Korea and the U.S Adds Worry to Civilians

Sandra Morales, Bilingual Editor

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Ever since the news of North Korea beginning their testing on their nuclear and missile weapons, nearing countries have expressed their concerns over a possible war between the United States and North Korea.

For the United States, President Trump has released statements regarding the tensions; the White House has clearly stated that they will not back down to visible threats, and that “the era of waiting for change is over.”

It is clear they are preparing themselves; our armed forces, such as the U.S Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force have already began deployment of troops to the Asian coastline, as well as military bases stationed in South Korea.

For students at Kishwaukee College and throughout the neighboring counties, students and families have expressed concerns over a possible war if tensions do not receded between the countries.

Kishwaukee student and former marine herself, Alexis Chappa, has stated that the possible outcome of war is “touch and go. It seems more real now, [since] people who are enlisted are already being sent overseas. This is really happening.”

Katie Keleher, another student at Kishwaukee, stated that “this situation can potentially be huge, but sadly it’s really out of our hands. I heard about former classmates being sent away, and to think that my old high school classmates could be involved in a war is really scary and sad.”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping with President Donald Trump.

For myself, I can also express my personal concerns, as my brother (who is also a Kishwaukee student) has enlisted to the marines. I am personally worried, but I hope that tensions between countries will fade and the possible outcome of battle will just be a voiced concern.

Neighboring countries, including China, have outwardly expressed their concerns to North Korea, resulting in cutting off their second-tier banks that financed North Korean trade. However, the North Korean military issued a statement on Friday threatening to attack major American military bases in South Korea, if the U.S does not retreat on their threats.

Further news on the tensions are awaiting to be confirmed by the U.S government and military.

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