Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un, sends his reply

Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un, sends his reply

The remains were handed over as part of an agreement between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following their June summit. The administration said those details would be worked out a later date.

Air Force General John Hyten, who as commander of the U.S. Strategic Command oversees America's nuclear forces, said North Korea had clearly demonstrated its commitment to halt flight-testing missiles since none had launched since November.

"Given the fact that the North Koreans reaffirmed that commitment to Secretary Pompeo last month, we fully expect that there might be an environment in which case they would be open to sitting down to negotiate", he said.

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.

The remains were retrieved by a USA military aircraft from a seaside city in North Korea and brought to Osan Air Base outside of Seoul. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

"Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war", Pence said. The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War. He described the extensive efforts by the United States to identify those service members who remain missing as a "sacred obligation and moral imperative".

Sanders also reaffirmed the U.S's firm commitment on the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, . U.S. Marines also fought in the famous battle, but mainly along the reservoir's western side. But he cautioned it was unclear if that soldier's remains were among those received from North Korea.

The foreign ministers of the ASEAN Plus Three member states pose for
VP Pence on Return of Korean War Remains: 'It's What Great Nations Do'

"There are no costs associated with this particular repatriation", he said.

But there are reports North Korea continues to build nuclear missiles.

"I won't say anything about what they're doing on the ground because that would cause me to reveal intelligence sources", Hyten told reporters in a briefing.

"I would go back in an instant if we were asked to", said Byrd who participated in numerous earlier search missions.

McKeague said that DPAA has a DNA database from 92 percent of the families of the estimated 7,700 USA service members still listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War and DNA comparisons with the remains from the 55 cases would begin shortly.

According to Byrd, the boxes contained items typical of what the agency normally recovers from battlefields - boots, canteens, buttons, buckles and pieces of uniforms.

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