Hirono Urges Repatriation of American POW/MIAs from Korean War

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed by voice vote on Dec. 13 a resolution urging the North Korean government to repatriate POW/MIAs and abductees from the Korean War.

“The families of American servicemembers missing in action know all too well the pain of this uncertainty. Stuck between hope and despair, these brave families are forced to leave a chair open at the dinner table,” said Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

“Although the Korean War was half a century ago, a staggering 8,000 American servicemembers, as well as more than 100,000 South Korean soldiers and civilians, have never been accounted for since the end of the war.

“This heartbreaking situation can be addressed, however, as there is evidence that some of these Americans and South Koreans may still be held as prisoners of war in North Korea. The Korean War is long over, and it is time for these captives to come home.”

The resolution urges South Korea and the U.S. to jointly investigate reported sightings of POW/MIAs and return these soldiers or their remains home as soon as possible.

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