Kim Jong-un's threats are grabbing local attention amongst Korean Americans

Pastor confident, despite threats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The North Korean leader's provocation has the attention of local residents who have family in Korea.

The leader of the Korean language church along Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard,  estimates there are about 800 Korean-Americans in West Palm Beach.

Thursday night, some came to pray for the same thing they always do: peace.

"It's divisiveness, and separation. It hurts us in many ways," said Pastor Bo Sim of the United Methodist Church, which has a Korean language ministry.

Nearly everyday on our national news networks, that separation is highlighted by a new push by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Moving missiles, making threats, talking of nuclear bombs.

"I see a little kid, kind of flexing his muscles and showing biceps. That's how I see Kim Jung-un," said Sim.

During the weekly prayer service he led at the United Methodist Church, several told us they agree with pastor. They're hopeful that Kim Jung-un is merely talking tough.

"It's not a big thing. They are concerned because he's young. It can go in either direction," said Sim.

Thursday, as he prayed for peace, he thought of a story his son told him today: he met a North Korean who told him she escaped the war-torn country by jumping from a fourth floor window, and running.

It speaks to similarities between people but differences between the people who rule them.

"We speak the same language, we love kimche, all that is a commonality. That's one of the things my son realized: you are no different than I," said Sim.

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