US Welcomes Remains Of War Dead Soldiers From North Korea

03 August, 2018, 15:37 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • WATCH: US welcomes home possible 'forgotten war' remains

The White House did not provide details on the specific content of the letter from Kim, received Wednesday, or of Trump's reply.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he looked forward to meeting Kim Jong Un soon and thanked the North Korean leader for sending the suspected remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War back to the United States.

There is "no meeting planned", Sanders told reporters.

In addition, the 55 transfer cases handed over by the North Koreans contained equipment associated with the American military, such as boots, canteens, buttons and buckles, Byrd said.

The Commander-in-Chief praised Kim's decision to return the remains just hours after Vice President Pence received the war heroes at a ceremony in Hawaii; saying he appreciates the regime's "kind action". About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

His comments came hours after Vice President Mike Pence presided over a ceremony in the state of Hawaii marking the repatriation of the 55 sets of remains to US soil.

U.S. officials have been closely monitoring North Korea's willingness to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

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

The latest letter from Kim arrived as concerns rise about North Korea's ballistic missile programme and commitment to denuclearisation. It was later revealed that North Korea didn't actually hand over any remains.

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In an illustration of how long it can take to identify Korean War remains, McKeague's agency announced today that the remains of a soldier found more than a decade ago, Army Sgt. William A. Larkins, of Pittsburgh, are being returned to his family for burial.

The US president has said repeatedly that the deal he reached with Kim has been positive since North Korea has maintained a freeze on nuclear and missile tests and has begun returning US war dead remains.

The Washington Post, citing officials familiar with U.S. intelligence, reported this week that North Korea appears to be building up to two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to an Asian security meeting in Singapore, where a meeting this weekend with North Korea's foreign minister was possible.

"Everything we saw was consistent with these remains, indeed, being from the Korean War, and consistent with these remains being good candidates to be missing Americans from the Korean War", said Byrd. He said during a Tuesday rally in Tampa, Florida, that the US was "doing well" with North Korea and noted the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear testing or missile tests.

But he declined to comment on intelligence about any other North Korean research activities when speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

Last Friday, . coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Armistice Agreement, .

If the United States and its allies move too quickly and make irreversible moves, then fail, such results will only benefit Kim Jong Un, Harris said.

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