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Worrying About Two Wars
From JoongAng
February 4, 2003

By Ahn, JoonYong

Kim, from Astoria, Queens, called his relatives and friends in South Korea, worried about their security, when the U.S. Defense Department announced on February 3 that it is considering sending an aircraft carrier and adding more air force presence around the Korean peninsula. "I can't sleep well these days from fear of another Korean war." And his anxiety grew as the U.S. attack on Iraq becomes evident.

In addition, on February 5, Colin Powell stated at the United Nations Security Council that there is "irrefutable and undeniable"evidence that Saddam is concealing weapons of mass destruction and thus implied that the United States can use whatever means it deems necessary to disarm Iraq. As war with Iraq becomes expected, Korean Americans have to confront the impact that this war will bring as well.

Korean-Americans have to survive with the possibility of a double crisis: that is, the war with Iraq, which will jeopardize their businesses in New York City, and the nuclear crisis of North Korea, causing a lot of concern about security in South Korea. Many are already suffering from a bad economy in the United States. Nightly international calls to South Korea have increased dramatically. Recently, some people have begun psychological therapy to recover from the stress and anxiety they feel from these threats.

Shin, who invested in high technology industries, complained, "The stock market is already in bad shape. If the war with Iraq starts, I will be broke soon." He added, "I can't concentrate on any work right now. I've lost my appetite and health."

SukJoo Kim, the president of the Korean Association of New York pointed out, "This is the worst situation for Korean-American businesses, we are worrying about attack on Iraq and the North Korean nuclear crisis. In this hard time, it is necessary for us to take responsibility for our community and overcome these challenges wisely."

Kim added, "I am meeting with the U.S. policy makers to ask them to seek peaceful resolution with North Korea for relieving Korean Americans'concerns."

Translated from Korean by JooYeon Lee

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