President Trump revealed that North Korea has already started returning the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War.
The president had asked North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un about the remains of U.S. military personnel who were missing in action during the decades-old Korean War at their historic summit last week.
“I asked him, the remains, I’d like to get them. He said ‘yes, we will do that,’ ” Trump told Fox News host Steve Doocy in an interview with “Fox & Friends” from the White House on Friday. “They are already starting to produce the remains of these great young soldiers who were left in North Korea.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 15, 2018
The U.S. fought alongside South Korean forces in the military conflict which lasted from 1950 to 1953, and ended with a truce – not a peace treaty. After 65 years, North and South Korea signed an agreement to officially end the Korean War earlier this year.
There are 7,697 U.S. troops unaccounted for with 5,300 of those believed to have been lost in battles in North Korea or prisoner-of-war camps during the Korean War, according to ABC News. Joint U.S.-North Korea military search teams conducted 33 recovery missions between 1996 and 2005, recovering 229 sets of American remains.
“It’s exciting, it’s special,” Richard Downes, executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs, said of Trump’s comments, according to ABC News.
“But it’s just words right now. Now, some action has to be taken,” Downes, whose airman father Lt. Hal Downes has been missing-in-action since his plane went down over North Korea in 1952, said. More than 36,000 U.S. troops died in the conflict and that number includes the missing-in-action.
Trump and Kim signed a statement during last week’s historic summit in Singapore, with the two countries agreeing to the “immediate repatriation” of those fallen service members already identified.
“People want their loved ones to come home,” Chuck Pritchard, spokesman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, said, according to ABC News.
“If we end up getting remains as a result of this, we will try to identify them and this may bring closure to some families,” he said.
Actor James Woods reacted to the news of the remains of American troops being returned home as a ” heartbreaking and truly moving moment in history.”
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 16, 2018
Many others agreed.
A dozen men have been president since the Korean War. Finally we have a man like Donald Trump who can get things done instead of just talk about it. He is the leader America needs.
— Bob Clark ?? (@Mr_BobClark) June 16, 2018
It will be a long run for President Trump, the last years of his life he is giving for his county. Only to be derided and criticized constantly. This is shameful.
— Sherrie (@Sherrie1844) June 16, 2018
Korean War began June 1950 cease fire July 1953
For 65 years 12 US Presidents since then who FAILED to bring home US dead are:
Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush1, Clinton, Bush2, obama.
Trump is the ONLY president who is bringing them back.
— bill baumann (@wentworth8022) June 16, 2018
For most of these fallen their immediate families especially their parents have passed away and did not get to see this day. Thank you President Trump.
— Sherrie (@Sherrie1844) June 16, 2018
There are no words to describe this moment. What can one say, except thank you to the best President in history for reuniting these heroic men with their homeland. May they now rest peacefully. God bless.
— Charlie (@Charlie63428560) June 16, 2018
— ??LisaInLasVegas??? (@LVRunnerGirl) June 16, 2018
Who would have dreamed of this a year ago? Great President! https://t.co/yFXxdMialo
— Steve Ray (@JerusalemJones) June 16, 2018
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