HEROES RETURN: Trump Thanks Kim for Returning Remains of US Soldiers

Arturo Kim
August 2, 2018

The pledge to return the remains of US soldiers was made during a landmark summit between Trump and Kim in June in Singapore, where North Korea committed to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

President Donald Trump is hinting he and Kim Jong-Un could have another meeting, thanking the North Korean leader for his recent letter and adding 'I look forward to seeing you soon'. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the correspondence was "aimed at following up on their meeting in Singapore and advancing the commitments made in the US-DPRK joint statement".

The White House did not provide details on the specific content of the letter from Kim, received Wednesday, or of Trump's reply.

Trump also took to Twitter earlier to praise an "incredibly attractive ceremony" in Hawaii, where Vice President Mike Pence helped welcome the remains to the United States.

Trump's conciliatory tone stands in stark contrast to his rhetoric just a year ago, when he referred to the North Korean leader as a "little rocket man" in response to Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile tests.

"Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war", Pence said. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

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The U.S. military flew the remains from Osan Air Base in South Korea after they had undergone an initial review.

Trump has sought to show progress from his June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore.

The remains are being sent to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for forensic analysis in order to try to determine their identities.

USA intelligence agencies are seeing signs of construction of missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, The Washington Post reported earlier this week, citing intel sources.

Experts say positively identifying the decades-old remains could take anywhere from days to decades. The timing would coincide with the U.N. General Assembly meeting when world leaders gather in New York City.

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