A Drake University student who’s from South Korea is watching events in her native part of the world with interest, worry and some frustration. Danby Cheong says American leaders are too quick to play on fears of the nuclear weapons North Korea may have.She doesn’t think we need be threatened by a nuclear war from Korea, but thinks North Korea just wants to use possession of nuclear weapons as a tool to make other countries sit down and talk. Divided since the end of World War Two, Korea remains two nations but Cheong says a lot of people living there would like to see it united once again. She says it will take time, and she says the communist regime in North Korea has to be converted to something else like a democratic society, but the two countries are working on it and after all they share a common language and culture. There are still older people in South Korea who have family members living in North Korea, and she says it’s sad. Cheong says when American diplomats try to make peace agreements and other diplomatic overtures to the north, they should include South Korea in the talks. She points out if there’s bombing it will affect the earth, the region, not just North or South Korea. Cheong is a second year student in pre-pharmacy at Drake.
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