Threats of annihilation normal for South Koreans

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As winter recedes, winds whip through downtown Seoul and chill the crowds of commuters on their way home. The sun is dropping and the pale golden light streams between tall buildings. A girl smiles as she chats excitedly on her cell phone. Just as sure as spring is coming, most seem to find it entirely normal that warnings of thermonuclear war, annihilation and utter devastation punctuate this, the season of joint U.S., South Korean military maneuvers. Opinion: Why North Korea regime is scary “We are post-war, we don’t worry about that,” a journalist specializing in local news told me. “We take it for granted.” He was just one of about 30 reporters I met in a session discussing news in the South Korean capital this week. Seoul is a scant 30 miles from the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea — one of the most militarized places on the planet. If a full-scale war were to break out, the South Korean capital would be Pyongyang’s prime target. It might only be minutes before artillery or rockets would come raining down.
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