North Korea Returns Remains of Korean War Dead to US

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Caskets carrying the 55 sets of remains were draped in the blue-and-white flag of the United Nations. Relations between the US and North Korea would have to continue to improve - otherwise, it may be a long time before any more remains are repatriated.

"We see today as tangible progress in our attempts to achieve peace, but today's just the beginning", Pence said. "And for all in attendance, this is a solemn reminder that our work is not complete until all have been accounted for, no matter how long it takes to do so".

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

Last week, it appeared North Korea had begun dismantling part of a key rocket launch site, but according to recent reports based on United States intelligence leaks, Pyongyang might still secretly be continuing its nuclear weapons programme.

The factory is known to have produced the Hwasong-15, the first North Korean ICBM capable of reaching the US.

It will possibly take months, if not years, to identify the remains handed over in 55 boxes.

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The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2017. This indicated that there had not been a complete stop in activity during the summit talks.

The returned material also included military hardware and uniforms, including helmets, water bottles and boots.

There have also been reports that North Korea is operating a uranium enrichment facility in secret.

"And it also emphasises the sense of duty of the times, and the role given to the military in the efforts of the North and South for peace and prosperity". "We don't know who will come off those planes today, but we do know they are heroes, all". "This should hasten identifications quite a bit".

Vice Pres. Mike Pence is in Hawaii to receive the remains of fallen US service members who fought in the Korean War. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week it was possible that some of the remains could belong to soldiers from those nations, and if so, they would be repatriated once they have been identified.

A report from late June conducted by the group 38 North found evidence based on satellite images that North Korea had been making a number of improvements to the infrastructure at multiple nuclear testing sites.

Trump asserted last week that his administration's plan to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons is "going very well".

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Some 7,699 American service members are listed as unaccounted-for from the conflict.

USA soldiers salute during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of U.S. soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Major-General Kim Do Gyun, the South's chief negotiator in charge of North Korea policy at the Defence Ministry, told reporters he would make efforts to craft "substantive" measures to ease tensions and build trust. The North Koreans collected the remains, and US investigators will have to do the examination without the forensic information they normally would have, such as the approximate place of the burial and the conditions around it. It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme. The United States says it does not pay directly for the remains but has given the North Koreans "compensation" for the costs of the recovery in the past.

The repatriation brings renewed hope to families who have waited decades for closure, although the full identification process could take years.

Trump addressed the mission during a rally in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday night, saying "our fallen warriors are finally coming home to lay at rest in American soil".

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