North Korea Returns 55 Sets Of US Soldiers' Remains

North Korea Returns 55 Sets Of US Soldiers' Remains

Before a formal repatriation ceremony on August 1, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency will check the remains, before sending samples for forensic identification.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has previously claimed the return of remains could encourage the nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

Fifty-five cases containing what were believed to be the remains of USA servicemen killed during the Korean War were returned Friday, the White House said.

In a statement, the White House said: "Today, (Kim) is fulfilling part of the commitment he made to the president to return our fallen American service members".

In Singapore, US President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un committed to improving relations between the two countries, establishing a peace regime and denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

The Republican chairman of the committee, Bob Corker, criticized Trump for saying that Kim was "very talented" and that "he loves his people", given the country's serious human rights abuses and the death of USA college student Otto Warmbier after imprisonment there.

Still, he warned, the U.S. will not let nuclear negotiations with North Korea continue indefinitely.

"The official noted that the return is not certain until the US plane set to retrieve the remains departs from the northeastern city of Wonsan with the remains", Fox noted.

At the air base, US servicemen and a military honor guard lined up on the tarmac to receive the remains, which were carried in boxes covered in blue United Nations flags.

Since 1990, North Korea has repatriated the remains of 340 USA troops.

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"(Declaration of an end to the Korean War) can play a role in facilitating the denuclearization process and I think we can pursue the idea even before North Korea completely abandons its nuclear program ... it is more of a political declaration and there are no legal measure involved".

"It was a successful mission following extensive coordination", General Vincent Brooks, commander of the UNC and United States Forces Korea, said in a statement.

"Now, we will prepare to honor our fallen before they continue on their journey home", said Brooks, who will host an honors ceremony for the fallen troops on Wednesday.

The remains are expected to be flown to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii for scientific testing to identify them.

There about an estimated 5,300 Americans who did not return home from the conflict.

According to DPAA, North Korean officials have indicated they possess as many as 200 sets of remains recovered over the year.

Despite soaring rhetoric about denuclearization ahead of their meeting, Mr. Trump and Kim's summit ended with only a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when and how that would occur. There are also believed to be 184 individual remains at a cemetery in Pyongyang.

In my experience in meeting North Korean, South Korean and American officials to discuss how they can support women's inclusion in the Korea peace process, I am constantly reminded of how much mistrust has been hardened over 70 years. The vast majority of the war dead, however, have yet to be located and retrieved from cemeteries and battlefields across the countryside.

Before Friday's transfer of remains by Pyongyang, the United States and North Korea had worked on so-called joint field activities to recover Korean War remains from 1996-2005.

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