Thursday, May 26, 2005

MIA recovery halted in North Korea

I had no idea that the US even had a thought out agreement/system in place in order to try and retrieve remains of soldiers that never returned from Korea... unfortunate to read this agreement is now on hold.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/25/mia.nkorea/index.html

3 comments:

Jackie Kuntz said...
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Jackie Kuntz said...

It is unfortunate that this program has been halted. In this article located at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-nkorea28may28.story?page=1, a retired Air Force officer commented, "They should ask the people who lost loved ones in the Korean War before they cancel the program. It is always important to bring back the remains, no matter what the circumstances." I'm sure there are many other people who lost loved ones during the Korean War that are just as bitter. However, until relations improve between the U.S. and North Korea, the environment that POW/MIA teams must operate in is very dangerous. These safety concerns have been cited as possible reasons for the program's suspension, but some analysts think there may be other reasons, such as concerns that the North Korean military was pocketing too much money for helping in the recovery operations.
Sorry I had to put the hyperlink in the post - I couldn't figure out how to insert the link in nicely on a comment post like we were shown in class?

Katie Lux said...

This new diplomatic move completely underminds the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea. Talks between the U.S. and North Korea have been stalled for a while, and these types of negotiations showed that cooperation could happen, even if on only a small level, and gave hope that more relationships could be forged in the future. This move to cut of the return of MIAs sends a pesimistic view for the future. If North Korea and the U.S. cannot agree over MIA recovery, how can they agree over dismantling nuclear programs and capabilities?