Now, veterans who fought in Korea nearly 60 years ago are disappointed this could be happening again. Many Korean War veterans say it never ended, and they are not surprise this the war of words is escalating.
"We should have went and finished it the way it should have been finished," said 81-year-old retired Command Sgt. Maj. Pete Morakon. "Now, they got nuclear power and we never should have really let that happen."
Morakon was on the front lines in Korea from 1950 to 1951.
Now retired, he treasures the memories of the buddies he lost there, as much as his military awards, and, like a lot of Korean veterans, he wonders why we are still looking down North Korean barrels 60 years later.
"It was the type of war that had no ending," said retired Army Maj. Steve Sosa.
Sosa also fought on the front lines in Korea. He doesn't think it was a wasted effort, but says he never thought it would be a threat 60 years later. Like a lot of Korean War vets, he doesn't trust them.
"They go around threatening everybody," said Sosa. "I think the threat is pretty strong. We should never back down you know because we are committed to South Korea."
More than 177,000 North Carolinians served in Korea from 1950 to 1955.
In June, as part of the 60th anniversary observance, the state will recognize Korean War vets and their families.