Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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North Korean negotiators failed to show up for scheduled talks with the Panmunjeom, Thursday, on repatriating the remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, indicating a possible rift between the two countries in ongoing denuclearization talks.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported last week that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought two gifts when he met with North Korean officials in Pyongyang: a letter to Kim from Trump, and an Elton John CD with the song "Rocket Man" signed by Trump.

However, officials say it could be months before excavations can begin and years until the remains are identified. But given the harsh statements from Pyongyang following Pompeo's trip last week - the North Korean Foreign Ministry blasted Washington's stance on denuclearization as "gangster-like" - it's possible that it's gonna be a long, long time.

"North Korea not showing up could be an expression of dissatisfaction toward the USA for making excessive demands in the high-level talks last week", Kyungnam University professor Kim Dong-yub said".

On June 12, Trump and Kim pledged the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula following a historic meeting between the two leaders.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he might have another gift for Kim as well.

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The two sides had been expected to discuss at the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone the return of US troop remains from the 1950-1953 war - an arrangement that the State Department had announced after Secretary Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last Friday and Saturday. The U.S. -led United Nations Command's public affairs office referred questions to the State Department.

Both sides were expected to discuss the timeline and ways in which remains of American soldiers would be returned at the meeting. But the North Korean leader never showed up during Pompeo's three-day visit.

An estimated 30,000 U.S. soldiers died in the 1950-53 Korean war. "It is likely that military generals from the USA and North Korea will take part in the meeting".

Byrd, a forensic anthropologist, was part of a 15-strong DPAA team in North Korea 20 years ago.

That number includes 7,702 who are missing in action, with an estimated 5,300 believed to have been lost in the North, according to the Hawaii-based DPAA, which oversees the effort. Kim praises the significance of their meeting and the joint statement they put out, but the letter doesn't do much to support Trump's claim that progress is being made in his stated goal of denuclearizing North Korea. He also told supporters in Nevada that North Korea had already handed over 200 sets of remains.

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