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South Koreans are surprisingly blase about civil defense. Why?

South Koreans are surprisingly blase about civil defense. Why?

At the highest levels in South Korea, the fiery rhetoric exchanged this week by Washington and Pyongyang over nuclear weapons has prompted extraordinary concern — even for a nation that’s been technically at war for several decades.

South Korea’s progressive new president, Moon Jae-in, on Wednesday called for a “rebirth” of his country’s defenses, telling military commanders that top-down reform was needed to counter North Korea’s escalating nuclear threats.

On the street, though, the most common reactions were shrugs that any conflict might affect residents' safety.

“I have never thought a war would actually happen in my day, even though we are constantly threatened...

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