Front Page Headlines: "U.S. issues tough new N.K. draft," "Scholar warns U.S. response could trigger additional tests," "Policy rift deepens over North Korea," "No trace of radioactivity detected." Almost all of today's paper (and yesterdays) was devoted to the issue.
Inside, several articles regarding the U.S. and South Korean alliance in dealing with North Korea and the South Korean who was recently elected to lead the U.N., as well as one titled "A-bomb 'just one more way to die' to South Koreans." I'd like to share some quotes from this article, which addresses why most South Koreans aren't very worried.
"Nobody wants a war and nobody expects a war."
"The stakes are much higher, but people do not sense there is a much greater threat of open conflict than there was prior to the test."
"The test was symbolic because we've assumed they have nuclear weapons for years now."
"There are already thousands of artillery tips pointed at Seoul, they already had unconventional weapons, chemical and biological weapons."
I'm not sure how reassuring that last one is, but it's a fact... South Korea and North Korea are at war and have been for many decades; North Korea has some pretty scary weapons. We're just not sure a) what would trigger them to use them, and b) how effective they would be. We don't really know what goes on in North Korea. We hear about famines and landslides and droughts (due to clear cutting all the trees). I pray for them. And we stay calm, because there's no other way to keep living.
As we see in the news every day, the world is a dangerous place to live. Nowhere is safe, because we live in a fallen world. We can only trust in our Lord.