Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

US Welcomes Remains Of War Dead Soldiers From North Korea

US Welcomes Remains Of War Dead Soldiers From North Korea

A U.S. Marine stands at attention as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., August 1, 2018.

Vice President Mike Pence hailed the remains' arrival in Hawaii as evidence of the success of President Donald Trump's landmark summit in June with North Koran leader Kim Jong Un.

"The ongoing correspondence between the two leaders is aimed at following up on their meeting in Singapore and advancing the commitments made in the U.S. -DPRK joint statement", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Kim sent a letter to Trump in mid-July in which the North Korean leader said he hoped there would be a second meeting between the two but it was unclear if that was the "nice letter" to which Trump referred on Thursday.

A Kentucky soldier who went missing in 1950 during the Korean War has been identified by his remains.

"Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war", Pence said.

The repatriation of USA remains was agreed by Mr Trump and Mr Kim after their June summit in Singapore.

The U.S. military flew the remains from Osan Air Base in South Korea after they had undergone an initial review. Senior Trump administration officials have urged patience, cautioning that the process of denuclearizing North Korea and removing the threat of its long-range missiles will take time.

A US defense official told VOA North Korea has provided nearly no information to help identify the individuals, and that the process could take months or years to complete.

The remains were retrieved by a US military aircraft from a seaside city in North Korea and brought to Osan Air Base outside of Seoul.

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 DPAA.

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