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In symbolic gesture, North Korea returns remains of USA service members

In symbolic gesture, North Korea returns remains of USA service members

A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a USA soldier who was killed in the Korean War during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, July 27, 2018.

Between 1990 and 2005, 229 sets were returned, but this halted as relations deteriorated with the development of North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

"As far as the Trump administration's goals on North Korea are concerned, nothing has changed", he said.

The remains flown to Osan on Friday are expected to be sent to Hawaii for forensic identification, following a formal repatriation ceremony next Wednesday. Hundreds of USA service members as well as a military honor guard lined up on the tarmac to mark the return of the fallen soldiers.

The two leaders also agreed to build a "robust peace regime" and to return the remains of prisoners of the 1950-1953 Korean War. -South Korea alliance with calls for us troops to leave the Korean peninsula, he added.

Washington's reluctance to declare an end to the Korean War until after North Korea abandons its nuclear arsenal may put it at odds not only with Pyongyang, but also with allies in South Korea.

However, the USA has repeatedly indicated it will only reward Pyongyang with a peace treaty after North Korea denuclearizes.

The programme helped bring in vital hard currency to North Korea, which has been under US -led sanctions for decades.

North Korea transferred the remains of an unspecified number of soldiers killed in the Korean War, the White House said on Thursday, a first step by Pyongyang to implement an agreement made in a landmark summit in June in Singapore.

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The return of the remains is mainly symbolic, as over 5,300 U.S. personnel never returned home from the conflict.

"Progress is happening. We need Chairman Kim Jong-un to follow through on his commitments made in Singapore".

When asked if North Korea is still advancing its nuclear program, Mr Pompeo demurred.

The White House cast the move as a significant step forward in U.S. At one point, North Korean officials canceled a meeting with American counterparts to discuss the handover.

The United Nations Command said 55 cases of remains were retrieved from North Korea. The first step toward advancing this longer process, which was the last item both leaders agreed to, is North Korea's return of the remains of the USA servicemen from the war.

USA and North Korean officials met twice during the week of July 16 to discuss the transfer of remains, according to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

North Korean authorities likely recovered the remains during farming or construction.

According to the New York Post, the Hermit Kingdom recently dispatched "two truckloads of wooden boxes" that are to be used for the transportation of those American soldiers killed in the Korean War.