SA Veterans following North Korea situation closely

Local vets feel U.S. responding appropriately to threats

Tough talk from North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is getting the attention of local veterans and active duty service members as they wait to see how the volatile situation will play out.

As the United States sent more resources into the region Thursday, North Korea's military officials "the moment of explosion is approaching fast."

Based on intercepted communications, US officials believed North Korea may be planning to launch a mobile ballistic missile in the next few days or weeks.

This latest provocation comes on the heels of threats that North Korea would use nuclear weapons to attack its neighbor South Korea and the United States.

Veterans at VFW Post 76 in San Antonio said they are watching the situation very closely.

Hector Garza served with the Marines in Korea in 1953 and 1957. He believes the country's young leader is playing a dangerous game.

"I think he's answering to the old regime, the old man's regime, and they're guiding him in the wrong direction," Garza said. "In my opinion, I think they need to get rid of him immediately."

By conducting missile tests and threatening nuclear strikes Kim Jong Un has proven to be a bit of mystery, no one really knows if he's serious or just bluffing.

"You can never take those things too lightly," said Post Commander Albert Mireles. "You never know about this sort of thing."

Mireles said veterans of all ages have been discussing the situation at the post. He personally feels the military has responded appropriately to the threats and puts his trust in their decisions.

"They should know whether or not he's really being serious on that situation and if so, then we need to strike first," Mireles said. "It is a lot of tough talk, I just hope that's all it is is talk."

Raymond Zertuche is a Navy Reservist with 23 years of service. He said he's watching the situation closely and is prepared to join another fight if it becomes necessary.

"As an active member of the military we go wherever our commander in chief says," Zertuche said. "Good or bad it doesn't matter to us, we follow orders and we do what we're told."

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