Local Family With Ties To North Korea React To Historic Summit

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) after taking part in a signing ceremony at the end of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. (Photo ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) – For some Korean-Americans here in Boston the latest international developments involving North Korea have a very personal dimension.

A group of Korean Americans rallied outside the Parker Street MBTA stop Monday night in a show of support for the summit. 

Keumjoo Armstrong, a first-generation Korean American, has nothing but praise for President Donald Trump's Korean policy.

“Trump is making a huge step for the Korean Peninsula,” she said to WBZ-TV.

For Armstrong, Korean peace would mean more than just a stand-down at the world's most militarized border.

She says she also has hope for her parents who fled North Korea in 1951.

“They have been longing to return home for their whole lives hopefully they can do so soon,” she said.

There’s a lot of diplomatic miles need to be traveled before that's a possibility.  But Armstrong and many like her with familial ties to North Korea now have a hope they didn't have just a few months ago.

WBZ NewsRadio1030 Kendall Buhl reports.

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