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In the U.S. city with the largest Korean population, hopes are all over the place after Trump-Kim summit

In the U.S. city with the largest Korean population, hopes are all over the place after Trump-Kim summit


LOS ANGELES (Circa) -- As the world woke up Tuesday morning, reacting to Pres. Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit in Singapore, there was a group of people in the U.S. that didn't know how to feel. They're Los Angeles' thousands of Korean residents.

"It’s a very good sign because we are long time, North Korea didn’t show nobody, so in this case it’s good for the Koreas," said Kyung He, a South Korean woman who owns a liquor store in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood.

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Kyung He owns a liquor store in Los Angeles' Koreatown.

A few doors down in the same plaza, it was a different story.

“Everything is not clear, you know," said Kim Je Seek, who owns a boba tea shop. "How we’re going to remove the bomb, how long does it take. I don’t know. This is the first meeting, but it’s very important. This is very weak, very very weak.”

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Kim Je Seek owns a boba tea shop in Los Angeles.

In the U.S. city with the largest Korean population, it was a mixed bag of reactions. After the talks, the U.S. agrees to "security guarantees" for North Korea, while Kim Jong Un recommitted to denuclearization. For some South Koreans, this was great news.

“I think it’s great. It’s been so much trouble to South Korea," said Irene Khang. She owns a health and nutrition business next to Kim. "And now it’s threatening to America. But now they meet together and make some conclusions—you know, no more war. And North Korean leader admit that he’s not going to do same behavior and change, so I’m so glad it happened.”

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Irene Khang owns a health and nutrition store in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

"I think it's a really good sign, says Celine Shin, who owns a nail salon directly above from Khang's shop. "I’m not a really big fan of Trump, but I think is a historic. And I believe Kim Jong Un’s decision because I believe he’s different from his family."

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Celine Shin owns a nail salon in Los Angeles.

Some are willing to give Kim Jong Un the benefit of the doubt.

"I want to believe, you know. [He's] changed his talking so many times, but maybe at this time he will, you know, do what he says," said Zhang.

Others aren't buying it.

“This happened before a lot," said Je Seek. "They say let’s do this, they agree, but then they don’t do it exactly. It’s repeat, repeat. This happened again.”

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