President Donald Trump receives new letter from North Korea

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President Trump tweeted a thank-you to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un early Thursday for "keeping your word" on the repatriation process of remains of victims from the Korean war.

The White House says President Donald Trump received a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) Wednesday following up on their Singapore summit.

The White House did not provide details on the specific content of the letter, which was received Wednesday.

In a solemn ceremony, Vice-President Mike Pence was in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to receive the 55 coffins.

The U.S. ambassador also expressed skepticism regarding North Korea's dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and the missile site at Tongchang-ri.

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She said that it was part of an "ongoing correspondence between the two leaders".

Almost 7,700 American military service-people are still unaccounted for from the Korean War, according to the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, of which approximately 5,300 are thought to be in North Korea.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which keeps a record of missing American soldiers, announced Elmore's identification on July 3.

North Korea previously returned the purported remains of foreign soldiers that turned out to be misidentified.

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.

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The return of the remains was one of Mr. Trump's conditions reached during the leaders' summit in June.

Friday's transfer of the remains on the Korean Peninsula coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and US -led forces under the U.N. Command.

It has taken longer than Washington had hoped, but a U.S. state department official says the process so far has been smooth.

But it is not clear if those remains have been repatriated as well.

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