Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Two Koreas hold military talks as United States detects missile factory activity

Two Koreas hold military talks as United States detects missile factory activity

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a Wednesday ceremony in Hawaii, to receive the alleged remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Korean War.

The remains began their flight back to the US on Wednesday evening local time, after a repatriation ceremony at Osan Air Base, located some 40 miles south of Seoul.

"They will be in the room and there will certainly be discussions about denuclearization of North Korea as there traditionally are at these gatherings", the official told reporters on a conference call to preview Pompeo's trip.

If the USA is unwilling to replace the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War with a permanent peace that would ensure the survival of Kim's regime, Pyongyang will likely not proceed further with denuclearization talks, the source said.

"But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten".

That's where a DNA verification process is going to be conducted.

It was the second of two ceremonies for possible remains being returned performed by the USA military, according to the Department of Defense, after an earlier repatriation ceremony in Osan, South Korea.

Pence looked on solemnly with his hand over his heart as the long, narrow boxes were gently laid on the stanchions in front of him.

Other countries under the command of the United Nations also have troops that are still unaccounted for, including the UK, Australia and Canada.

Mr. Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the return of the fallen soldiers last week.

The meeting comes days after North Korea returned the reported remains of USA war dead, the most recent sign of blossoming diplomacy after last year's threats of war.

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The DPAA Laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is the first USA stop for the recently returned remains.

The remains were then moved in grey vans to an airfield where US and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into transport planes.

"Generally speaking, what I can tell you is that the remains are consistent with the remains we have recovered in North Korea", said U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency analyst John Byrd, as quoted by The Post. "Hope that those who are lost will yet be found. Hope that after so many years of questions, they will have closure". They may also talk about ways to make sure their fishermen peacefully operate along the Korean sea boundary, the site of several bloody naval skirmishes in recent years. Other U.S. service members were captured and placed in prisoner-of-war camps, where many succumbed to starvation, exposure and torture.

Numerous fallen service members died in North Korea and were buried by their comrades where they fell.

He said it was just the first step.

On the issue of sanctions, however, Trump has been adamant, stressing on numerous occasions that North Korea should not expect an easing of restrictions any time soon.

Trump also thanked Kim, posting his message to the North Korean dictator on Twitter last week.

The agency identifies remains of servicemen killed in past conflicts.

North Korea also called the talks with a delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July "regrettable", claiming the US has undermined the spirit of the summit.

The Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in a technical state of war.

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