Kim Hintss Compensation to Massacre Victims
President Kim Dae-jung has indicated compensation could be made to hundreds of Korean civilians allegedly killed by American servicemen during the 1950-1953 Korean War.
``If an investigation confirms reports that American soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in the early days of the Korean War, compensation must be paid to the victims,'' the Washington Times quoted President Kim as saying.
In its Tuesday edition, the Times quoted President Kim as having welcomed the speed with which the United States agreed to investigate reports by the Associated Press that hundreds of Korean civilians were killed by American forces at Nogun-ri in the opening weeks of the Korean War.
``Many of the Korean people -- and this is also the position of our government -- believe that we have to have fact-finding, that we have to get the facts, and the truth. And if the facts come out and it is needed, then we have to compensate the victims,'' the daily reports in an interview story of the South Korean president.
Kim also said, ``I think we should not have any confusion between the fact-finding of this very unfortunate incident with the fact and the meaning of the United States' participation in the Korean War where Americans led a U.N.-backed force to repel an invasion from the North. …