"I've been just waiting for that": Korean War vet optimistic as two Koreas talk peace

Posted at 6:02 PM, Apr 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-29 09:00:23-04

MILWAUKEE -- On Friday, leaders from North and South Korea vowed to end the Korean War and end nuclear weapons.

With Kim Jong-Un crossing the border by foot many are hoping this will begin lasting peace for the peninsula.

Milwaukee-area Army veteran William Ferguson fought in the Korean war from 1951-1953. He tells TODAY’S TMJ4 he watched the historic face to face on television and expects reduced tensions for a long time.

"I've been just waiting for that," Ferguson said. "It's beautiful; it's beautiful to see them get together."

The summit came just months after warlike rhetoric from the north.

Rev. Peace Kim is from South Korea and he’s been living in Milwaukee for the past 9 years. Kim says he really wants to see this war end.

"We strongly feel that spring is coming," Kim said. “We want to see that something change. United States should give a firm message along with South Koreans firm support."

President Donald Trump is in preparations to meet with Kim Jong-Un in the coming weeks. U.S. officials are still deciding where that meeting will be. Although the two leaders pledged to get rid of nuclear weapons in the peninsula, they put no timeline on that process.

They did agree to pursue a peace treaty this year that will formally end the Korean war after nearly seven decades since the most hostile times.

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