Austinites wonder #WhyAustin is a N Korea Target - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Austinites wonder #WhyAustin is a N Korea Target

Posted: Updated:
  • Austinites wonder #WhyAustin is a N Korea TargetMore>>

  • KTBC film offers tips for surviving nuclear attack

    KTBC film offers tips for surviving nuclear attack

    Friday, March 29 2013 5:24 PM EDT2013-03-29 21:24:47 GMT
    With news that North Korea may target Austin for a nuclear attack, an old civil defense film on surviving a nuclear attack produced by KTBC in 1960 has surfaced on the internet.
    With news that North Korea may target Austin for a nuclear attack, an old civil defense film on surviving a nuclear attack produced by KTBC in 1960 has surfaced on the internet.

Overnight, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was photographed signing an order for rocket forces to be on standby to hit the United States. Behind him, maps showing the intended targets... Hawaii, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Austin.

How worried should we be? U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett says not one bit.

"I think our families are secure. I think families across the continental United States and in the pacific are secure. Perhaps some of our allies, certainly in South Korea and the China Sea might not be, but Americans are," Doggett said. "I don't believe this is a real threat. I don't believe the North Koreans have the capacity to reach Guam, much less Austin, Texas."

Those of us who live here wonder why the city was mentioned at all. On Twitter the hashtag #whyaustin was trending with funny possibilities.

Pamela Oldham wrote, "Because he couldn't get in to see grumpy cat at SXSW." Omar L.Gallaga said "Kim Jong Un taking Austin's plastic bag ban pretty hard."

Texbob said "satellite pics of airstream trailers mistaken by North Korea as nuclear bombs."

And our favorite in the newsroom, Dustin Blanchard with a photo of Kim Jong Un that says "BBQ sold out? It's barely noon!"

Greg Thielmann, former director in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, now with the Arms Control Association, laughed it off as well.

"Well, it makes me wonder if they have something against good music," Thielmann laughed. "It's simply a threat that cannot be realized. The North Koreans do not have an intercontinental ballistic missile. Our experts don't think that they have the tech to miniaturize a nuclear warhead that would be necessary to put on that type of missile even if they had it. North Koreans were threatening something they cannot do."

South Korea does face a real risk of attack and for that reason Doggett feels the U.S. must continue to project its military power.

"I think it's good that these stealth bombers flew over North Korea yesterday to indicate we have a no-nonsense approach," Doggett said. "We want to find a peaceful way of resolving our differences with this hermit kingdom, but we will project military force and will not be afraid to use it if that's what's necessary."

LINK: #whyaustin on Twitter.

Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices