Duluth residents respond to possible end of Korean War

Source: WGCL

Sometimes referred to as the Seoul of the south, Gwinnett County is home to more than 23 thousand Koreans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Most of them are from South Korea.

Duluth is where reporter Ashley Thompson found 24-year-old Myungkook Chae, who up until two years ago lived in South Korea, even serving in the country's military. He said he was stationed at the border separating the two Koreas.

“Since the Korean War, tons of families were divided,” he said.

After North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in agreed to officially end the Korean War by the end of the year, Chae is hopeful for the future.

The two leaders are calling for peace, which sounds like a great idea but many are cautiously optimistic.Through a translator, Thompson spoke with Il Kim, the President of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta.

“They have happy smiles on their faces and at the same time they have concerns and worries since they have been through the previous examples of agreements and also the trials and errors.”

Kim said depending on the generation, the degree of response to the possible deal, varies.

“The first generation immigrant onto U.S. soil from Korea have experienced real war between north and south so it’s like we are threatened of North Korea’s presence all the time.”

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