Veterans in Alaska react to Korean peace overture
Veterans in Alaska are reacting to the possibility of the 1950s-era Korean War coming to an official end, as leaders of the two Koreas have taken major strides toward peace.
In a remarkable meeting Friday, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke at the border of the two countries, even stepping onto each other's territory. They have agreed to sign a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War, after hostilities concluded in 1953 without an official end to the conflict.
Some veterans attending an American Legion conference Friday night in Anchorage had mixed opinions about the possible peace treaty, as well as whether North Korea will end its nuclear program. Among the veterans there was the national commander of the American Legion, Denise Rohan.
"As leaders we pray and hope that leaders care for their citizens, the people that they're leaders of," Rohan said. "So hopefully there really is going to be an end to this -- but time will tell."
"They need to just step up and get it over with. It's been just too long," said veteran Maurice Burum.
"I don't trust the guy; the little guy. I don't trust him. He's not going to all at once quit making rockets. He's going to continue to make them. He's putting on a front," said Army veteran Bill Sheldon.
President Trump is expected to meet with Kim soon to discuss a possible peace treaty, and whether North Korea will discontinue its nuclear program.
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