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Alaskans shrug at threat

N. Korea missile latest in long line of perils

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Photographs by The New York Times/RUTH FREMSON

Gary Melven, a Vietnam War veteran and Alaska native, stands outside his emergency survival supplies store in Anchorage. He remembers the Cuban missile crisis and radar sites that once watched for Russian missiles. “I’ve lived a good life, so if something happens, it happens,” he said.

In Washington, the news that North Korea may have developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska set off a wave of anxiety.

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