Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans': U.S. scientist

Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans': U.S. scientist

"A letter to President Trump from Chairman Kim was received on August 1", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. This comes as the USA leader mentioned the letter in a tweet earlier Thursday, . I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action.

"Certainly open to that discussion, but there isn't a meeting planned", she said at a regular press briefing, adding that Trump has written a reply to Kim's letter.

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.

China is North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic supporter and fought for the North in the 1950-53 Korean War against the USA -led United Nations forces that backed South Korea. But he cautioned it was unclear if that soldier's remains were among those received from North Korea.

The United States is preparing to analyze and identify remains of presumed US war dead that North Korea handed over in 55 boxes last week, the largest number of boxes of remains Pyongyang has returned at any one time since the modern process began in the 1990s.

Trump in his tweet expressed gratitude to Kim "for keeping your word" on the return of the remains of more than 50 Americans service members killed during the Korean War. Despite the summit pledge McKeague said it wasn't until July 15 that North Korea notified the United Nations that it would transfer 55 boxes of remains.

Marines fought on the west side of the reservoir, "and the east side - that's where the Army was", said Byrd, laboratory director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

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United States Vice President Mike Pence (L) pays respects as a military honor guard carries the remains of american soldiers repatriated from North Korea after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018.

The U.S. military flew the remains from Osan Air Base in South Korea after they had undergone an initial review. It marks the beginning of a long process to identify all the remains. The day of the transfer coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice agreement that put a temporary stop to the war between the North and South.

Trump didn't lock down any specifics during their meeting but promised that North Korea was going to denuclearize.

Byrd said the process to fully identify the remains, now more than 60 years old, could take anywhere from days to decades.

While it's hoped that the repatriation will build momentum toward North Korea's nuclear disarmament, . many say the progress towards securing a firm commitment from Pyongyang has been slow.

The remains handed over by North Korea last week in 55 boxes are "consistent with being Americans", based on an initial examination, although none has been positively identified, a US scientist who has seen the remains said today.

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