June 25, 2020

Castro Statement on 70th Anniversary of Start of Korean War

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement on the 70thAnniversary of the beginning of the Korean War: 

“Seventy years ago today North Korea invaded South Korea, setting off the tragic Korean War. The war brought untold suffering to all sides. Nearly 1.8 million Americans bravely fought to defend South Korea. 33,000 Americans lost their lives in combat, including over 1,700 Texans. Altogether nearly 5 million people died during the war, many of them civilians. After four years of fighting, an armistice was signed, although a formal peace deal has remained elusive. 

“It is important that we honor the sacrifice Americans and our allies made during the Korean War. 

“Today, we share a steadfast alliance with South Korea, bound by shared values and deep economic ties. We must strengthen these ties between the United States and South Korea to ensure both vibrant democracies can work together to bring peace and security to the Korean peninsula.  

“As Vice Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I encourage my colleagues to join me today in celebrating our strong alliance with South Korea.” 

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