Remains of U.S. Soldiers Returning Home From North Korea

Casey GreeneAug 02, 2018

But experts say positive identification of all the remains could take years.

No official agreement was struck between Trump and Kim, but both sides are working on a deal.

Vice Pres. Mike Pence is in Hawaii to receive the remains of fallen USA service members who fought in the Korean War.

The lab will then set about trying to match any American remains with the identities of MIA personnel.

A senior official at South Korea's presidential office said us and South Korean intelligence agencies are closely looking into various North Korean movements, declining specific comment.

If North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to attend the 2018 Asian Games, he need not worry, according to Indonesian envoys in Pyongyang this week.

The remains were then moved in gray vans to an airfield where USA and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into transport planes. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week that it was possible some of the remains could have come from those nations, and if so, they would be repatriated once they have been identified.

More than 7,700 U.S. troops remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

"Based upon previous experiences with this type of turnover from the [Democratic Republic of North Korea], most of the remains will take many months to a few years to identify", an official added.

U.S. intelligence officials familiar with Pyongyang's operations say that new evidence, including recent satellite photos, suggests that the regime is producing at least one liquid-fueled ICBM at the Sanumdong research facility, near Pyongyang. Some 7,699 American service members are listed as unaccounted-for from the conflict.

Why are United States remains in North Korea?

Members of support group the Korean War Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action Network have told families to be cautious about the latest releases, saying they could be from other nationalities, not necessarily American.

Joel Wit, a former State Department negotiator and founder of 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, said it was unrealistic to expect North Korea to stop its programs "until the ink is dry on an agreement". About 7,700 US soldiers are listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea.

It looks as if North Korea isn't turning over a new leaf after all. Trump thanked Kim for the return.

United Nations and US military personnel take part in a repatriation ceremony for the remains of suspected Korean War troops at the Osan air base in South Korea, Aug. 1, 2018.

Trump last week thanked Kim for keeping the promise he made as part of their talks about North Korea's denuclearization. North Korea has nearly certainly not sent back anything close to 200 bodies.

Narang said the aim of such a strategy would be to obtain sanctions relief, while still retaining a deterrent - what he called "the best of all worlds for North Korea".

"Offer up 20 first-gen warheads, claim you are or have disarmed, but keep the good stuff in presumably clandestine facilities and hope they aren't discovered", Narang said.

Monday's report, citing intelligence gathered by US spy agencies and unidentified officials, also said there were signs that North Korea is continuing to construct at least one, and possibly two, liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the United States.

Additional satellite photos show work now underway at the Sanumdong research facility near the capital city of Pyongyang on at least one and perhaps two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs.

North Korea may want to use the remains' return to keep diplomacy with the United States alive and win a reciprocal U.S. concession.

"We don't know who's in those boxes", he said.

At the start of the meeting, Ahn noted South Korean news reports suggesting that he might try to persuade the South to push for a joint declaration with the United States to formally end the war. North Korea has steadfastly argued its nuclear weapons are meant to neutralize alleged US plans to attack it.

United Nations honor guards carry a container with remains transferred by North Korea, at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea on August 1, 2018. "So between this and Kangson, we are seeing an expanded and improved nuclear and missile force". Indonesia guarantees the security of all countries' representatives and contingents, including those of North Korea. He declared that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat".

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