- Title: South Koreans lack awareness on bomb shelters, despite the Northâ€™s threat
- Date: 11th August 2017
- Summary: EXTERIOR OF SEOUL CITY HALL PEOPLE ENTERING SEOUL CITY HALL (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 44-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN, PARK YOON-SOOK, SAYING: "Bunkers underground sounds more like a scene in the films, but if that really existed in reality and only the higher officials and the selected minority being able to go inside, that sounds would be very unfair to us ordinary people." SUBWAY STATION ENTRANCE VARIOUS OF EMERGENCY SHELTER SIGN ON TOP OF STATION ENTRANCE VARIOUS OF SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW AT KOREA DEFENCE AND SECURITY FORUM, YANG UK, SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW AT KOREA DEFENCE AND SECURITY FORUM, YANG UK, SAYING: "Since the subway stations in South Korea have enough depth and strength, as long as we don't face a ground zero situation, we will be able to survive through even nuclear attacks. It is just a shame that such infrastructure is not advertised well to the public and that we are short of emergency supplies (in the shelters)."
- Embargoed: 25th August 2017 10:51
- Keywords: South Korea North Korea threat bomb shelter
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / PYONGYANG, UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, NORTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / PYONGYANG, UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, NORTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0036TPPBNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Despite growing North Korean threats, South Korean have a lack of awareness on surrounding bomb shelters that could protect themselves from military conflict in the Korean peninsula.
Tension in the region has risen since the reclusive North staged two nuclear bomb tests last year and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July in defiance of world powers. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he would not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.
South Korea has nearly 19,000 bomb shelters throughout the country, that include more than 3,200 in Seoul, just 40 km (25 miles) from the militarized border drawn up under a truce that stopped the 1950-53 Korean War but left the combatants technically at war.
Most of the shelters are located in subway stations, basements, parking garages in private apartments or commercial buildings designated as shelters with the consent of the owners.
Experts say the government should make more efforts to raise awareness on the shelters as tensions escalate over Pyongyang's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program.
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