Poll: 6 out of 10 Americans are at least a little fearful of a North Korea attack


As tensions continue to mount between North Korea and the United States, many Americans are increasingly concerned that the Asian nation could attack.

A new poll conducted by AOL News found six out of 10 people are at least somewhat concerned that North Korea may attack U.S. soil.

While 36 percent of those poll said they did not fear an attack from North Korea at all, 24 percent said they are somewhat fearful of a strike from the secluded nation. Another 19 percent said they were very fearful and 17 percent of respondents said they were only "a little" fearful of such an attack.

Four percent said they weren't sure.

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Most military experts believe that the rogue nation, led by dictator Kim Jong Un, probably lacks the power to strike the United States, but citizens living in Hawaii have grown concerned -- inspiring talk of reviving nuclear shelters.

"I do not believe that the North Korean regime is suicidal," said former Defense Secretary William Perry. "Therefore I don't believe they're going to launch an unprovoked nuclear attack on anyone."

The survey comes amid North Korea's latest missile launch attempt on April 15. The projectile, that "blew up almost immediately," was launched just hours before Vice President Mike Pence landed in Seoul, South Korea.

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North Korean officials said in an interview on Monday that they planned to continue the test weekly, and warned they would pursue "all out war" with the United States if the country took military action to thwart those tests.

On Monday, the US and South Korea began a huge joint exercise designed to "enhance interoperability" between militaries. Exercise Max Thunder features a large portion of their fighter aircraft fleet and over 1,500 soldiers.

North Korea unveiled new weapons on Saturday during their annual military parade, marking the anniversary of the birth of leader.

Japanese Prime Minister recently warned that his country believes North Korea may have the ability to launch sarin missiles. North Korea is believed to have over 5,000 tons of chemical weapons stored.

"There is a possibility that North Korea is already capable of shooting missiles with sarin as warheads," Abe said.

** Polls conducted by AOL.com do not use scientific sampling. Surveys sample thousands of users and consistently reflect results to polls administered by other outlets.