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How are S. Koreans feeling about North Korea amid tensions?

By Jiyeon Lee, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • South Koreans generally don't give full attention to actions from the North
  • But the November 23 attack on Yeonpyeong Island has changed perceptions
  • The sentiment of hope for peace between the neighbors is hard to find in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- South Koreans are known to be resilient to threats from North Korea. Actions from the North that draw attention from the international community generally go unnoticed by the public in the South.

However, the November 23 Yeonpyeong Island attack that resulted in two civilian and two marine deaths has created a sharp change in perception.

The sentiment of hope for peace and cooperation between the two countries, which was built up during two previous liberal Seoul administrations, is hard to find.

The generations that grew up without experiencing the Korean War woke up to the fact that North Korea still was the most prominent threat to their daily lives.

South Korea's war shift

People were reminded of the fact that the two countries are still at war. North and South Korea signed an armistice not a peace treaty after the Korean War, which ended almost sixty years ago.

The streets of Seoul remain calm, but when it comes to North Korea, the mood is no longer the same.

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