Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

North Korea Hands Over Remains of U.S. Soldiers From Korean War

North Korea Hands Over Remains of U.S. Soldiers From Korean War

-North Korean relations following last month's historic summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

North Korea is still making nuclear material, six weeks after US President Donald Trump said the nuclear threat from Pyongyang was over.

China and Russian Federation have argued that North Korea should be rewarded with the prospect of eased sanctions for opening up dialogue with the United States and halting missile tests. "It will return [to South Korea] today". The war killed millions, including 36,000 American soldiers.

The remains are expected to be flown to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii for identification. Technically, the war still continues, as no formal peace declaration was signed.

The repatriation comes amid doubts about North Korea's commitment to denuclearization, with little to no signs that the country is prepared to or engaged in dismantling its nuclear program.

More than 400 caskets of remains found in North Korea were returned to the United States between the 1990s and 2005, with the bodies of some 330 other Americans also accounted for, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

The transfer took place Friday local time, which marks the anniversary of the armistice that halted the Korean War in 1953. Although family reunions are planned between North Korea and South Korea on August 15, 2018, Korean American families have yet to be included in such a lottery. Earlier, the plane and its crew had traveled to Wonsan, North Korea, to collect the remains, the White House said.

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The South Korean official cited by Yonhap said it was unclear how many sets of remains will be returned on Thursday.

"The Remains of American Servicemen will soon be leaving North Korea and heading to the United States!" Unlike in past meetings with some world leaders, Trump did not try to pull Kim's hand towards him or hold on to the North Korean leader's hand too long.

In Wonsan the North Koreans turned over what they say are an initial 55 cases holding remains, a United States official told CNN's Ryan Browne.

It's one of the promises made at the summit in Singapore last month, ...

DPAA has identified locations where they believe there are major concentrations of remains inside North Korea.

Pyongyang has nevertheless expressed its willingness to allow the resumption of joint search missions in the country to retrieve more remains.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, banning luxury goods said to include recreational sports equipment.

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