Students at University of Utah’s Asia Campus live & learn under threat of attack

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) –  North Korean missile tests and escalating rhetoric between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump have a lot of people on edge including students and faculty of the University of Utah’s Asia Campus.

6000 miles from Salt Lake City and just 35 miles from the Demilitarized Zone, 300 students attend that campus in Incheon, South Korea. Professor Chris Ireland, the school’s Chief Administrative Officer told ABC4 Utah News via Skype they pay close attention to threats of a North Korean attack.

“We do take security seriously,” Professor Ireland said. “And if something were to happen we would respond to it.”

Professor Ireland says there’s a plan in place if an attack is imminent.

“We’ve made sure that all of our faculty, staff and students are registered with their respective embassies, for most of us the U.S. Embassy,” he explained. “If there should be any decision on the part of the U.S. Embassy to evacuate then we would tell all of our people to essentially evacuate.”

Foreign teachers and students would be instructed to leave the country as soon as possible and the University would reimburse their travel costs.

 Students typically attend three years of classes at that campus and one year at the main campus in Salt Lake City.

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