Former 7News employee in SKorea talks about tensions
SEOUL, South Korea (WHDH) -- A U.S. official says intelligence shows North Korea has likely completed preparations to test fire missiles. North Korea is even sending out propaganda telling foreigners in South Korea to leave, but few -- if any -- are budging.
Tuesday’s warning from North Korea is just the latest as tensions escalate and the country threatens South Korea and the United States. 7News spoke with a former employee living in Seoul, who says she's taking the threats in stride.
Megan Peet, a former 7News writer is now teaching English to children in South Korea, and says she feels perfectly safe.
"When my embassy tells me to leave, I will leave. When North Korea tells me to leave, I'm not going anywhere," Peet told 7News.
The U.S. Embassy hasn't issued any kind of alert, instead telling people in Seoul, "There is no specific information to suggest there are imminent threats to U.S. citizens or facilities in the Republic of Korea. The Embassy has not changed its security posture and we have not recommended that U.S. citizens who reside in, or plan to visit, the Republic of Korea take special security precautions at this time."
“Life goes on as normal here, there's nothing out of the ordinary. We're all just sort of waiting for things to calm down and go back to normal,” Peet said.
Analysts say North Korea may launch a missile soon that is expected to land in the sea between Japan and Guam. A direct attack on Seoul isn't something most South Koreans are expecting.
"The Koreans that I've talked to, they've been dealing with this kind of thing their whole lives. This is worse than normal, but it's nothing unusual, nothing terribly out of the ordinary and to be honest, the general feeling here is that if something's going to happen, it's not going to happen in Seoul first," Peet said.
Analysts in South Korea expect that after the missile launch, North Korea will declare victory -- but then is likely to pull back from the brink.