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>> North Korea's closest target, far from ready for an all out conflict. South Korean capital, Seoul, is often the focus of threats from Pyongyang, vowing to turn the city into a sea of fire on Kim Jong Un's command. Now after last week's test of a missile that experts say could hit Alaska, Reuters took a look at some of the South's almost 20,000 bomb shelters and as bureau chief Sooyoung Kim reports, they're mostly forgotten and hard to find.
>> Most of the shelters are not built for the specific purpose of protecting against North Korean missiles, chemical weapons, or biochemical weapons. Officials at Seoul Metropolitan government say that most shelters installed have no long term supplies of food, water, gas mask, or medical kits. The government has a smartphone app that points you to the nearest shelter, it gives you an address but doesn't give you an actual interactive map.
So it's very difficult to find the place in the first place and once you get there, the directional signs are either nowhere to be seen, or very difficult to see.>> That may seem worrying at a time of cranked up threats from the North but even since last year when Pyongyang really upped the pace of its weapons tests, most South Koreans have learned to ignore the prospect of an attack.
>> While people in Alaska and Hawaii are just waking up to the possibility of living within range of a North Korean missile, South Korean's for years have been exposed to thousands of artillery across the border with North Korea as well as bombs and short range missiles. Many Koreans say that every time after North Korea has the missile, nothing happens afterwards.
So, at this point, they feel that they are used it and nothing will happen.>> Officials say there's no obligation for those hosting shelters in South Korea to buy supplies and no public funding for them either. While the government is trying to raise awareness this summer, with little to help survive an attack waiting inside, for some South Korea shelters may only provide cold comfort.