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Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How seriously do you are take the recent North Korean missile tests?


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Kumiko
Teacher, 24
I am concerned about how Koreans are treated after something like this. After the tests, a Korean ship was refused entry into Japan. There were Korean students returning home. They grew up here, Japan is their country too.

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Peggy Bender
Retired, 56
Personally, I am concerned about the missiles, but I'm not afraid. I don't believe North Korea is capable of any real damage. It seems they are only flexing their muscles to the world to prove they can't be told what to do.

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Dean Bender
Retired, 58
I don't believe military intervention is necessary as North Korea doesn't have the funds or capability to compete in a war. However, this is a difficult situation because we shouldn't put economic pressure on a starving nation.

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Hidekazu Saito
Shop manager, 29
For me, it's not a major concern as I feel the launch has had no direct effect on me. I doubt North Korea would be able to follow through, so its probably an empty threat. If they go to war, it'd be like the mouse attacking the cat.

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Maki Sato
Teacher, 25
In my opinion, Korea is an egotistic country that assumes it's at the center of the world. A short-term solution would be to impose sanctions. However, long-term, this will only cause North Korea to hate those who impose them.

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Pierre Klein
Student, 20
North Korea is heavily reliant on surrounding countries for natural resources. If they went to war, the loss would be too great. I think they are trying to prove their capabilities so the U.S. will offer money for them to stop.



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