White House says remains of Korean War soldiers returned

A U.N. honor guard carries a casket containing remains believed to be from American servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War after arriving from North Korea at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek South Korea Friday

A U.N. honor guard carries a casket containing remains believed to be from American servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War after arriving from North Korea at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek South Korea Friday

It's not clear how many, but South Korea's Yonhap news agency estimates that 50 sets of remains were transferred.

A U.S. military plane has made a rare trip from a South Korean airbase to a coastal city in North Korea in order to retrieve the remains of the fallen servicemen.

A breakthrough came when Trump held a summit meeting with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, in Singapore on June 12.

At Osan, U.S. servicemen and a military honor guard lined up on the tarmac to receive the remains, which were carried in boxes covered in blue United Nations flags.

"We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back", President Trump told a crowd in Minnesota on June 21.

Pyongyang has renewed calls for a declaration of the end of the Korean War, calling it the "first process for peace" and an important way Washington can add heft to security guarantees it has pledged in return for North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons.

A us military plane left North Korea on Thursday carrying the remains of USA troops killed decades ago in the Korean War, the White House said.

"The United States owes a profound debt of gratitude to those American service members who gave their lives in service to their country and we are working diligently to bring them home". While the active period of the war lasted three years, warring parties never signed a peace treaty, so the Korean War is technically still ongoing.

"Thank you to Kim Jong Un".

Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. The remains are expected to be taken to Hawaii for identification. It could also endanger the decades-long USA military alliance with South Korea, and may undermine the justification for the us troops based on the peninsula.

Lastly, the Trump administration should cancel the travel ban on Americans from traveling to North Korea and on North Koreans coming into the United States. -North Korea military search teams conducted 33 recovery operations that collected 229 sets of American remains.

Many experts and officials in Washington, however, fear signing a peace deal first could erode the global pressure they believe led Kim to negotiate. Officials have bristled, however, at criticism from the USA that it seeks to profit from the repatriations by demanding excessive fees for handling and transporting the remains. He said they also agreed to resume at an unspecified date joint recovery operations with USA forensic teams in North Korea.

Trump said last week there was "no rush" and "no time limit" on the denuclearisation negotiations, but Pompeo has given varying statements about how patient Washington might be.

The Secretary of State defended the administration's progress since the landmark June 12 Singapore summit, saying the USA was pursuing "patient diplomacy" to persuade North Korea to abandon its weapons program, "but we will not let this drag out to no end", he said.

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