Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

U.S. welcomes home remains of presumed war dead from North Korea

U.S. welcomes home remains of presumed war dead from North Korea

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Last Friday, North Korea returned what were said to be dozens of remains of American soldiers missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, something Kim promised during his summit with Trump.

The process of identification could take years, according to experts.

Vice President Mike Pence took part in the Honorable Carry Ceremony on Wednesday where the remains were delivered in Hawaii.

The White House said it did not comment on intelligence, Reuters reported, while a senior official at South Korea's presidential office said United States and South Korean intelligence agencies are closely looking into various North Korean movements.

"We don't know who will come off these planes today". In a joint statement during their summit, Kim and Trump pledged to "commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified".

All Americans welcome the return of remains from the Korean War.

But Mr Trump was criticised at home for making concessions without securing any firm commitment from Mr Kim to end the nuclear and missile programmes. As part of the agreement, North Korea had to hand over all soldier remains.

In exchange for returning the US war dead, North Korea may demand that the United States agree on a declaration to end the Korean War as a USA security guarantee.

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The construction of new missiles comes after US President Donald Trump declared the isolated state was "no longer a nuclear threat" following a historic summit last month.

US officials also are eager to resume searches in North Korea for more remains, an effort that has been stalled for more than a decade due to rising nuclear tensions.

About 7,700 United States soldiers are listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, and about 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea.

It comes after Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official party newspaper, has accused Seoul of "wasting time" waiting for sanctions to be lifted only after denuclearisation is completed, without "taking a single action" on its own.

More than 7,700 USA troops remain unaccounted for from the Korea War.

Kim agreed with Trump to repatriate the remains of United States troops during June's summit, the first-ever meeting between a top DPRK leader and a sitting United States president. Relations between the US and North Korea would have to continue to improve - otherwise, it may be a long time before any more remains are repatriated. Experts say the North likely wants a declaration of the end of the Korean War as part of USA security assurances.

The Pentagon said it's "absolutely" considering sending USA personnel to North Korea to search for more missing Americans. We see shipping containers and vehicles coming and going.

Another North Korean expert from MIIS, Melissa Hanham, told the BBC that the facility had "regular traffic in and out of the building", adding that this "traffic pattern" on the site stayed "about the same through the Panmunjom and Singapore meetings".

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