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Some South Koreans say the apparent calm among the local people is because they are complacent about national security.
"South Korean people are too indifferent about North Korea. So many people don’t even know that the Korean War ended in truce and technically, we are still in the state of war," said Kim Jin-hwan, a 30-year-old employee at a bakery shop in Seoul. "If we are not interested in (North Korea), we cannot be well prepared."
Many foreigners appeared to be more affected by the war rhetoric. Parents of Japanese students headed for school trips in South Korea "are making many calls asking about safety," said Kang Soon-deog, director of research and development center at the Korea Tourism Organization.
Andrea Lee, CEO of Uri Tours, which has been arranging tours to North Korea for more than 10 years, said she has seen some cancellations recently, but she said that comes with the territory.
"It’s always a rough time when tensions get high. But this is commonplace for us," Lee said. "We’ve been through these sorts of high tension periods."
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