U.S. VP Mike Pence welcomes return of presumed Korean War dead

Arturo Kim
August 3, 2018

But experts say positive identification of all the remains could take years.

"We see them going to work, just as before", one U.S. official said.

"Kim committed in a broad summit statement to work towards denuclearisation, but Pyongyang has offered no details about how it might go about that". Across those decades, the fallen were "entitled to one certainty - that they will never be forgotten", Davidson said.

Trump, who has faced criticism over the pace of progress since the June meeting, praised Kim for "keeping his word", and Vice President Mike Pence met families when the remains arrived back in the USA at a ceremony in Hawaii.

The vice president spoke for a few minutes before the ceremony began, calling it "tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula".

"Today is just a beginning".

"Our work is not complete until all have been accounted for no matter how long it takes to do so". We see shipping containers and vehicles coming and going.

According to the United States official who spoke to Reuters, one photo showed a truck and covered trailer similar to those the North has used to move its ICBMs.

It typically uses bones, teeth and DNA to identify remains along with any items that may have been found with remains like uniforms, dog tags and wedding rings.

Political analyst and former Clinton aide Doug Schoen urged the United States to put pressure on Kim Jon-un's allies in Russian Federation and China to cut energy supplies to the rogue nation and help stop the creation of new missiles.

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

More than 35,000 Americans were killed on the Korean peninsula during the 1950-1953 war, with 7,700 of these USA troops still listed as missing in action - majority in North Korea. "Before determining whether that (report) is accurate, I realize that the entire people in North and South Korea think highly of our meeting".

On the tarmac at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, two Air Force C-17 Globemasters were parked tail to tail, their huge aft hatches lowered. "This should hasten identifications quite a bit".

North Korea entered talks with the United States and South Korea earlier this year apparently because it urgently needs to revive an economy hit hard by American-led U.N. sanctions.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said some remains could be from other nations.

South Korean authorities are investigating local firms for allegedly importing North Korean coal into the country a year ago in breach of United Nations sanctions, an official said Tuesday (Jul 31).

In late July, Pyongyang handed over the remains of dozens of U.S. soldiers who died during in the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Live stream of Honorable Carry Ceremony to honor fallen Korean War heroes scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. Hawaii time.

United States 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.

38 North was founded by two North Korea experts from Johns Hopkins University. Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told the Washington Post that North Korea is not negotiating to give up their nuclear weapons: "What they're offering is: They keep the bomb, but they stop talking about it".

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