Remains of United States soldiers killed in Korean War arrive in Hawaii

Remains of United States soldiers killed in Korean War arrive in Hawaii

Remains of United States soldiers killed in Korean War arrive in Hawaii

North Korea transferred the remains last week, the first tangible moves from agreements reached between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their meeting in Singapore on June 12.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. And as I said to them, my father, anytime the war came up and anyone used the word "hero, ' my dad would say, the heroes were the ones that didn't come home", Pence said.

"Today, our boys are coming home", Pence said, adding that the 55 remains arriving in the USA on Wednesday "are the heroes who will lead the way to many homecomings in the future".

The pledge to return the remains of United States soldiers was made during the pair's June meeting in Singapore.

The 55 boxes, draped in the blue and white flag of the United Nations, are each small enough to be carried in one person's arms.

More than 7,700 USA troops who fought in the Korean war remain unaccounted for. "Before determining whether that [report] is accurate, I realize that the entire people in North and South Korea think highly of our meeting", he said.

"And it also emphasises 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".

As a reward for returning the U.S. war dead, North Korea may demand that the United States agree on a declaration to end the Korean War as a USA security guarantee.

It looks as if North Korea isn't turning over a new leaf after all.

"May God bless the souls of those who laid before us and provide comfort to those who yet await the return of their beloved and missing warrior", he said.

CHANG: So can you just first walk us through the process of how the DPAA plans to identify all these remains?

"But I would caution to keep in mind it's not necessarily the case that the dog-tag goes with the remains in the box", he said.

Between 1990 and 2005, 229 sets of remains were returned to the USA, but co-operation halted as relations deteriorated alongside the development of North Korea's nuclear programme. That could then allow the North to demand the pullout of 28,500 USA troops deployed in South Korea.

Byrd told reporters that "there was a single dog tag (US soldier's identity tag) provided with the remains". "Today our boys are coming home", an emotional Pence said.

The intelligence finding draws a sharp contrast with Trump's proclamation after his summit meeting with Kim in Singapore that North Korea was "no longer a Nuclear Threat". But examination showed that the remains were from more than 208 individuals.

Questions have arisen over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearize after US spy satellite material detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the United States.

But his comment seemed at odds with his own secretary of state, Mike Pompeo who said any such step would have to be confirmed by worldwide inspectors and that North Korea continued to produce fuel for nuclear weapons despite Kim's pledge to denuclearize.

More than 7,600 American servicemembers remain missing from the three-year war, which ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

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