Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans'

Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans'

At his landmark summit with President Donald Trump in June, the North's leader Kim Jong Un signed up to a vague commitment to "denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" - a far cry from long-standing U.S. demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament.

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 USA scientist who has seen the remains said today. Today, our boys are coming home.

With the remains having been returned to the United States, the Defense P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting Agency, a Department of Defense outfit, now has the hard task of identifying them, which could take months, according to The New York Times. U.S. Marines also fought in the famous battle, but mainly along the reservoir's western side.

As he secured a commitment for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, @POTUS also secured a promise from Chairman Kim to return the remains of all fallen USA service-members lost in North Korea.

Sanders said no second meeting is "locked in" as a follow-up to the Singapore summit in June, but they remain open to discussions. Two members of that person's family have been notified, Kelly McKeague, the director of the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency, told reporters.

Fifty-five cases of remains were airlifted from North Korea to South Korea last week and honored in a solemn ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii Wednesday.

Byrd said he would not venture a guess at how many individuals are represented by the bones contained in the 55 boxes. The remains will immediately be subjected to DNA testing to see if they match DNA in the DPAA's database.

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The captain was a "very competent pilot" with an "almost flawless safety record" and there were no known defects with the plane. And a second, private search by US company Ocean Infinity that finished at the end of May also found no sign of the wreckage.

Investigators will also use dental records and chest x-rays to further analyze the remains for a possible identification.

"A letter to President Trump from Chairman Kim was received on August 1", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

North Korea delivered only one identification tag among the 55 caskets sent home on July 27.

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".

He said samples from the remains would be sent to the Armed Forces Identification Laboratories at Dover Air Force Base in DE to begin the DNA process. The correspondence, following up on their Singapore summit in June, came amid fresh concerns over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization despite a rosy picture of progress painted by Trump.

At the summit, North Korea had agreed to eventually denuclearize in return for unspecified security guarantees from the U.S.

The agency's officials expressed confidence that the remains the North Koreans handed over this week were indeed those of Americans service members who died during the war.

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