Does North Korea's latest missile test have Alaskans worried?

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Experts fear that Tuesday’s launch demonstrates Alaska is within the regime’s firing range, but many locals say their concerns are closer to home

Alaska’s leaders say North Korea’s test of intercontinental missiles proves the need for beefed-up missile defense in this frontier state. That’s the politicians, anyway. Many Alaskans say they’re more worried about bears than bombs.

“I was surprised they were able to get a missile to actually launch,” Robert Church, a physician, said Thursday as he parked his mountain bike at a popular Anchorage park. Cottonwood seeds drifted to the grass all around him. “I’m concerned about the threat, but I don’t have a lot of confidence in the North Korea scientists making a functional rocket that could reach Alaska.”

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