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Midwesterner has no plans to leave Korea despite nuclear war threats

CREATED Apr. 9, 2013

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SEOUL, S. Korea - A man from America's Midwest tells people in Milwaukee that despite warnings from North Korea about possible nuclear war, he has "no immediate plans to leave."

"Everything is as usual.  We're all taking special precautions, keeping our eyes on the news," said Luke Cleary who joined TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak."

North Korea on Tuesday urged all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate, saying the two countries are on the verge of nuclear war.

The new threat appeared to be an attempt to keep the region on tenterhooks over its intentions.

"It's definitely something that's on all of our minds," admitted Cleary.

However, he says he's getting his cues from people from Korea.

"See how the Koreans respond.  For them, it's been going on for some 60 years...it's something they're kind of used to now, a part of life."

Analysts see a direct attack on Seoul as extremely unlikely, and there are no overt signs that North Korea's 1.2 million-man army is readying for war, let alone a nuclear one.

South Korea's military has reported missile movements on North Korea's east coast but nothing pointed toward South Korea.

Still, North Korea's earlier warning that it won't be able to guarantee the safety of foreign diplomats after April 10 has raised fears that it will conduct a missile or nuclear test on Wednesday, resulting in U.S. retaliation.