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North Korea-United States summit leaves veteran hopeful

Jefferson City resident Ed Trube was stationed in Korea during the 1960s, a time of frequent border incursions by the North. He said President Trump's summit with Kim Jong-Un might succeed where previous efforts failed. (Garrett Bergquist/KRCG 13)

An Army veteran who was stationed in Korea said Tuesday he thinks President Donald Trump's meeting with his North Korean counterpart will lead to lasting peace.

Ed Trube was stationed at an Army outpost on an island in the Yellow Sea for 14 months between 1966 and 1967. During this time, he said the North Koreans launched a series of border incursions that occasionally left American soldiers dead. He said the North kept a rocket battery trained on his island the entire time he was there. Five decades later, he said he's hopeful the two countries are on the brink of resolving their differences.

"I really think that Kim is going to do the right thing," he said. "And I think the president is doing the right thing."

President Donald Trump met North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un in Singapore on Tuesday. While there, the two men signed a joint statement affirming the two countries' commitment to "build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula," with North Korea saying it would commit "to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Trube said Trump will have to watch carefully to make sure Kim lives up to his obligations. He said he's not sure Trump's pledge to end joint military exercises with South Korea is a good idea.

"I think he should have kept that on the board," he said. "There's something about that I just don't like."

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