Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Still a way to go on North Korea: Pompeo

WATCH: US welcomes home possible 'forgotten war' remains VP Pence on Return of Korean War Remains: 'It's What Great Nations Do'
Glenn Montgomery | 03 August, 2018, 15:40

The audience, which was made up by Vice President Mike Pence and Korean War veterans, watched as each of the American flag draped caskets was offloaded and brought into Hanger 19.

WASHINGTON-President Trump received a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said on Thursday in the latest public display of diplomacy between the two countries. Today, our boys are coming home.

Following his talks with Ri, China's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said he hoped North Korea and the United States continue to move forward to implement their leaders' agreement. He said the U.S.is prepared to discuss arrangements for future U.S.

"China all along has believed that the consensus reached by USA and North Korea's leaders meeting in Singapore is very precious", Wang told reporters.

"Everything we saw was consistent with these remains, indeed, being from the Korean War, and consistent with these remains being good candidates to be missing Americans from the Korean War", said Byrd. DPAA Director Kelly McKeague told reporters that the family members had been warned that that the presence of a dog tag does not mean that the service member's remains are among the boxes.

That process will also determine if each box contains the remains of more than one individual. USA officials say they have already contacted the family of a service member whose dog tag was returned.

When the North Koreans turned over the 55 boxes to Byrd and other USA officials at Wonsan on July 27 they said the cases contained remains of an undetermined number of Americans, but the only identification item provided was a single military dog tag, Byrd said. The remains will immediately be subjected to DNA testing to see if they match DNA in the DPAA's database.

Identifications could also come quickly if teeth are found among the remains, McKeague said. -North Korean excavations but that this process is not yet underway.

The forensics work in some cases is aided by records of chest X-rays that US soldiers commonly were given upon entering the military, as well as dental records. She said the letter was received on Wednesday.

McKeague said he was "guardedly optimistic" that the repatriation would be the "first step of others to account for our missing from the Korean War".

The remains were formally repatriated Tuesday in Osan, South Korea to to the control of the United Nations before being transported to Hawaii, where the DPAA's identification laboratory is located.

While there have been small signs of progress since the summit, news reports indicate Pyongyang is continuing to build rockets and there have been concerns that the enforcement of United Nations sanctions on the North is being relaxed by some member states.

The North Koreans provided enough specifics about where each suspected body was found that USA officials have matched them to specific battles fought from 1950 to 1951, although not necessarily individuals, he said. -North Korean team in April and May 2005.

"I would go back in an instant if we were asked to", said Byrd who participated in numerous earlier search missions.

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