Monday, November 29, 2010

Austin Korean community shares concerns

Updated: Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010, 10:13 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010, 10:13 PM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) - The United States is sending an aircraft carrier to the waters off of South Korea, a move aimed to prevent further conflict between North and South Korea.

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington left Japan today for joint exercises with South Korea. Tensions in that region remain high after the North shelled a South Korean island yesterday - killing two marines and two civilians.

Dozens of houses and military facilities were destroyed or damaged and shaken civilians continue to evacuate to the mainland.

UT graduate student Jinwoo Lee is studying sociology at Texas and keeping a close eye on what is happening in his homeland.

"We don't want to have a war there - we like to solve the situation with a peaceful manner," said Lee, whose family was deeply affected by the Korean War.

"Grandfather and grandmother both were killed by North Korea," said Lee. "My Dad become an orphan since then and was raised by the relatives."

Lee is keeping in contact with his parents, who still live in South Korea.

"They seem to be very worried with the same reason that I had - that the land of Korea had been attacked - that had not happened in so long," said Lee.

The United States has more than 28,000 troops deployed in South Korea along with 50 U.S. Navy vessels.


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