Remains Of Those Who Died In Korean War To Be Recovered

Andy Dahn
June 12, 2018 - 11:30 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have committed to recovering the remains of those killed during the Korean War, paving the way for hundreds of Illinois service members to be identified and come home.

In a signed agreement, the two sides vowed to recover POW/MIA remains.

"North Korea's been off-limits for awhile," said Jacob Zimmerman, Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kane County. "I know they've had some folks go in there in the past, but due to the circumstances over there, they haven't been permitted to go there in quite some time."

An estimated 5,300 missing American service members are in North Korea and possibly recoverable.

"Illinois has 396 folks who are still unaccounted for in Korea. I know that the federal government is anxious, as are we, to get folks back over there to find those folks and bring them home."

The document did not provide a timeline for recovery, but Zimmerman said he's happy to see progress being made.

In a statement to WBBM, the Korean War Veterans Association said they are behind full accountability of missing service members.