US, North Korea meet for repatriation of American troops' remains

Trump shares letter from Kim touts progress in talks By IANS On Jul 13 2018- 10:57:31 Share Pic Credit

Trump shares letter from Kim touts progress in talks By IANS On Jul 13 2018- 10:57:31 Share Pic Credit

Separately, North Korean officials did not show up at planned talks with the U.S. on Thursday to discuss repatriating the remains of American soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. The meeting was to discuss repatriation of the remains of United States troops who died in the Korean War almost 70 years ago, another term agreed upon during the June 12 summit.

The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the plan and spoke on the condition of anonymity, cautioned that the timing and the number of remains could still change.

Pompeo said Sunday that the talks, which were led by USA and North Korean two-star generals, were "productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments".

More than 36,000 US troops died in the Korean War, according to the Pentagon.

The joint US-North Korea program to search for remains began in 1996 but was suspended in 2005 due to rising nuclear tensions. However, no specific date was given for the transfer of those remains recovered.

Returning the remains of the US soldiers who perished during the 1950-53 conflict was part of a deal signed by the North's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump during their landmark summit last month.

At a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on June 20, Trump told the crowd that the remains of over 200 had already been sent back, and the following day the President remarked during a cabinet meeting.

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The job for the United States now, he said, is "to get the entire country to understand that they have that strategically wrong". Trump tweeted the remark on Wednesday, promising " big benefits and exciting future " for Pyongyang " at end of process ." .

The meeting in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea was "productive", with some progress made in firming up the logistics behind the return of the remains, a USA source with knowledge of the event told the Washington Post.

It's unclear how the North Koreans could be certain of the nationalities, although they have in the past included dog tags.

The Communist Leadership in Pyongyang would grant amnesty to those convicted of crimes against the state in light of North Korea's 70th anniversary, the state-run KCNA reported on Monday.

There was no immediate word from the US side, but South Korean media said that the USA team was led by Air Force Maj.

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has blasted local officials over a delayed construction project, state media reported Tuesday, his second such rebuke over the economy in recent weeks. The sides also agreed to resume field operations to search for more remains in the North and to hold the working-level talks on Monday.

The Pentagon says Pyongyang has indicated several times they have as many as 200 sets of remains that could be those of United States soldiers who died in the war.

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