KILLEEN (April 4, 2013)--Korean Americans in Central Texas are worried for their friends and families in South Korea, as North Korea's military warns it’s been authorized to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified" nuclear weapons.
And the threats are a concern, as well, to local veterans of the Korean War.
Thousands of Korean immigrants live here in Central Texas and some of them who have families and friends in South Korea told News 10 the United States is doing the right thing by taking the threats seriously.
But some, such as Killeen businessman Sukwon Jo, are worried.
"I worry in my mind because that's my family, everybody, not just family, my mother country, people," Jo said.
Jo moved to America from South Korea in 1976.
The latest threats have Jo on edge because they remind him of the Korean War, during which he witnessed unforgettable violence at the age of 12.
And Korean Americans aren't the only ones hoping for the best.
Edwin Maunakea is a Korean War veteran and president of the local chapter of Korean War Veterans Association.
He remembers the war and is concerned the threats could escalate into renewed violence.
"I see a lot of my friends get killed, a lot of people just on the side of the road where the enemy tanks would just run over people...you see all the blood there, and I don't want to see that again," Maunakea said.