U.S. says remains provided by N.Korea likely American
03 August, 2018, 23:29 | Author: Ted Wilson
"Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong-un for keeping your word and starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen!" .
Vice President Mike Pence and the top commander of US forces in Asia, Adm. Phil Davidson, formally received the remains contained in 55 caskets during an emotional and solemn ceremony Wednesday after they arrived by military cargo jets from South Korea. Some experts say South Korea can't agree on any drastic measures to reduce animosity unless the North takes serious steps toward nuclear disarmament.
Trump thanked Kim for "fulfilling a promise" to send back U.S. remains and said it was a step in the right direction following their summit.
"We see today as tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula", Pence said at the ceremony. "But today is just a beginning".
He continued, "Our work will not be complete until all our fallen heroes are accounted for, and home".
"I don't think North Korea is refusing to give dog tags when it has more but it probably doesn't have dog tags lying around", he said.
The Washington Post spoke to multiple intelligence officials who have monitored "ongoing activity" recently from North Korea's nuclear and missile testing facilities.
Past remains have been found to be co-mingled and in at least one case contained animal bones. But North Korea provided only a single military dog tag with the 55 boxes. "Before determining whether that (report) is accurate, I realize that the entire people in North and South Korea think highly of our meeting". "And it also emphasized the sense of duty of the times, and the role given to the military in the efforts of the North and South for peace and prosperity". "Today, our boys are coming home", Pence told the crowd of families, veterans and service members.
As the remains were due to land on USA soil for the first time yesterday, John Byrd, director of scientific analysis at the Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the United States agency that deals with soldiers missing in action, said preliminary findings suggested "they are likely to be American remains" as they were consistent with those repatriated in the past. "This should hasten identifications quite a bit".
The U.S. military believes the bones are those of U.S. servicemen and potentially servicemen from other United Nations member countries who fought alongside the U.S. on behalf of South Korea during the war. Gen. Kim Do-gyun, said he was confident the talks would produce "achievements that South and North Korea and the global community want", according to South Korean media pool reports from the venue. In the past, North Korea turned over commingled remains.
The U.S. State Department said this month it would resume joint field activities to search for the remains of Americans missing from the war.
7,699 Americans are still listed as missing from the Korean War. But it's also a drop in the bucket compared to how many fallen USA soldiers are still in North Korea.
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But the actual details of the process, including how and when the North's nuclear program is to be dismantled, have yet to be worked out.
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