- Title: South Koreans lack awareness on bomb shelters, despite the Northâ€™s threat
- Date: 11th August 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF PEOPLE TAKING PHOTO AT THE SQUARE IN FRONT OF SEOUL CITY HALL BUILDING
- 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: LVA0026TPPBNR
- 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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