Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

US identifies 2 Korean War dead from North Korea remains

US identifies 2 Korean War dead from North Korea remains

The confirmation comes almost two months after North Korea agreed to return 55 boxes of remains to the United States following a meeting between President Donald Trump and communist dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Mattis told Pentagon reporters that experts moved swiftly on analyzing those two sets of remains, as they thought they had a good chance of identifying them because of where they were located and other information.

Reuters reported that remains from the two identified troops are believed to have been recovered from a battle near the Chongchon River.

John Byrd, who is leading the effort to identify the remains for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, said the two individuals' identities will be released in the coming days once their relatives are notified.

President Donald Trump's administration on the other had have started hailing the handover of its troops remains which will serve as an evidence of successful summit with the North Korean President, Kim Jong Un which was held in June.

Byrd and his colleague Jennie Jin, who leads the agency's Korean War Project, spent more than an hour explaining the painstaking process of identifying the remains, which include methods for finding DNA in bone fragments. One individual is believed to be African American, based on the remains.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said the United Nations delegation was led by US Air Force Major General Michael Minihan, who is chief of staff for the Command that fought alongside South Korea's troops during the war.

The identifications will chip away at the 7,699 US troops who the USA military says remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Byrd acknowledged that it could take months for the next round of identifications.

The Pentagon has said it is considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea to search for more remains.

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