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Summit will do little to heal old wounds between US, North Korea, Korean War veteran says

SAN ANTONIO – Nearly seven decades after 40,000 Americans were killed and 100,000 were wounded in the Korean War, a long overdue summit between the U.S. and North Korea is becoming a reality.

A San Antonio Army veteran who was in the Korean War and lost friends in combat said the summit will do little to heal old wounds, much less ease the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Fast Facts about the Korean War from History.com:

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What Army veteran Joe Almaraz, 88, is saying:

“You cannot have peace with those people (North Koreans). They’re savages. They’re savages.”

“The people are starving over there in North Korea, but the guys are spending a lot of money on nuclear weapons.”

“Anybody that was in Korea when I was there, they will tell you the same thing I’m saying.”

Fast Facts about the summit from CNN:

WEB EXTRA: What Almaraz had to say about the treatment of prisoners of the Korean War


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Jessie Degollado

Jessie Degollado has been with KSAT since 1984. She is a general assignments reporter who covers a wide variety of stories. Raised in Laredo and as an anchor/reporter at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley, Jessie is especially familiar with border and immigration issues. In 2007, Jessie also was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame.