Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

US, South Korea hold ceremony to return home war remains

US, South Korea hold ceremony to return home war remains

The United States-led UN Command (UNC) opened general-level talks with North Korea for the first time in almost a decade Sunday, three days after the North postponed their scheduled meeting to discuss the return of Korean War remains.

Returning the remains of the US soldiers who perished during the 1950-53 conflict was part of a deal signed by the North's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump during their landmark summit last month.

Singapore was the host of a historic summit between Trump and Kim last month when they agreed to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, without describing when and how it would occur.

Meanwhile, the USA military has brought to Seoul the remains of a South Korean soldier found in North Korea in 2001 during a joint search between the United States and North Korea. Earlier, three U.S. Forces Korea vehicles arrived at the Tongil Bridge near the border around 8:20 a.m. before putting United Nations flags on them and heading to Panmunjom.

The Pentagon has said North Korean officials have indicated in the past they have the remains of as many as 200 US troops.

Sixteen North Korean players and nine officials arrived at Incheon International Airport at 12:10 p.m. Sunday on a flight via Beijing to participate in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Platinum Korean Open.

A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Seoul was not available for comment. In 2013, the North severed its hotline with the UNC, declaring the armistice that ended the Korean War null and void.

Pompeo had hoped to "fill in" details on how to dismantle the North's nuclear programme and recover the remains of US troops in his talks in Pyongyang this month.

In the meeting at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjeom, the two sides were to discuss how and when to repatriate the remains, according to US officials.

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