Lugar Presses Obama Administration on America POW/MIA
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on the Obama Administration to “forcefully” press North Korea and China on the more than 8,000 Americans still listed as missing from the Korean Conflict more than 50 years ago.
“Until May of 2005, the U.S. and North Korea cooperated on a recovery program of the remains of U.S. servicemen,” Lugar reported in his opening statement at a committee hearing on North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons. “More recently, the U.S. and China signed a memorandum of understanding so that the United States could receive information on Americans held in China during the Korean War.”
Lugar has worked for many years to bring home the remains of a number of Hoosiers who were killed or held captive during the Korean War. He urged the Obama Administration to establish negotiations with the North Koreans and Chinese again to indentify the whereabouts or remains of the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.