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War veteran: North Korean tensions are serious

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Tennessee Valley Korean War veteran is warning Americans to take the new tensions with North Korea seriously.

Ken Grady of Huntsville was 20 when he fought on the Korean peninsula in with the Army's first cavalry in 1950.

He has been unnerved by news that the North Koreans have declared they are pulling out of the armistice that ended the war in response to U.N. sanctions over North Korea's nuclear bomb tests.

Grady said the fighting was brutal, and he lost several friends who were captured and then massacred by North Korean troops who he said turned out to be fierce fighters.

"They murdered 38 or 40 people. That shows you very little conscience on human life, and they were pretty well trained to my best recollection - and large numbers, good weapons, contrary to what some people thought, Russian made tanks," Grady said. "I think they're to be taken very seriously… Then and now."

Grady said North Korea's nuclear weapons make this latest showdown a much more complicated and dangerous situation.

He said he is holding out hope for some kind of diplomatic solution. 

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