Korean War Veteran Hopes Summit is the Beginning of the End

June 12, 2018 08:44 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- “We went into Seoul, went up to Pyongyang, went up to Yalu," said Peterson. 

The fighting stopped with a 1953 ceasefire, but the nations never agreed to a permanent peace treaty.


That’s why Peterson never expected to see Kim Jong Un shake hands with the President of the United States.

"I don't think I was the only one that thought it would never happen. I think most people never thought it would happen," he said.

Peterson said he hopes the summit in Singapore is the beginning of the end of the war.  

"It would be a great relief for me. But I think more for the Korean people. They have always wanted to get together the two countries. The civilians have always wanted to get together. They're a very proud nation," he said.

President Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed the U.S. would end joint military exercises with South Korea while working toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But exactly how this will happen remains unclear.  

At a press conference following the summit, President Trump said there will need to be follow up meetings.

"We'll probably need another summit or meeting, you can use a different term. But we'll probably need another one. I will say this: We are much further along than I would have thought," said President Trump.

Meanwhile, Peterson remains hopefuls.

"I think it's the start of being able to become somewhat of a peaceful world again. It takes time. I think a year or more. Probably not even in my lifetime it'll be completely solved. But it’s a start and if it's the start to no conflict between them then I think it's the right thing to do," he said.  

Leaders from North Korea and the United States are expected to hold follow up negotiations. However, an official date has not been set. 


Talia Milavetz

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