Veterans group urges Trump to push North Korea for recovery of Korean War-era remains
WASHINGTON — One nationwide veterans organization hopes when President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, he’ll push for the recovery of remains of American servicemembers killed during the Korean War.
Remains of an estimated 5,300 missing American servicemembers are in North Korea and potentially recoverable. Because of an intensely strained relationship between the two countries, there’s been no successful effort to collect the remains since 2005.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars sent a letter to Trump on Wednesday, urging him to include a potential repatriation agreement in his discussions with Kim. The highly anticipated summit between the two leaders was set to take place Tuesday in Singapore.
“As the leader of the free world, we urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that those who paid the ultimate price for freedom during the Korean War are finally returned home to their families,” wrote Keith Harman, commander in chief of the VFW.
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