US prepares for North Korea's return of American war remains

President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore

As skeptics pointed out, all that the North has so far done is to promise "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", which implies a demand for corresponding actions from the USA and the South, such as the withdrawal of the US' nuclear umbrella.

United States and South Korean forces have been training together for years, and routinely rehearse everything from beach landings to an invasion from the North, or even "decapitation" strikes targeting the North Korean regime.

Earlier Saturday, Carroll denied a report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency that US military vehicles carrying more than 200 caskets were planning to cross into North Korea on Saturday.

While Pompeo pushes on with follow up talks, Trump appears happy to celebrate the summit as a success, as if the joint statement itself marked a beginning to the end of Kim's nuclear program.

Remains that North Korea has handed over in the past have not always been identifiable as USA troops, despite the dog tags North Korea handed over with them, according to a 1994 RAND Corporation research report.

Highlighting this apparent gap between Trump's rhetoric and facts on the ground, the administration Friday cited the "unusual and extraordinary threat" from North Korea's nuclear arsenal to extend decade-old sanctions on Kim's regime in a statement to Congress.

Earlier, during the historic meet in Singapore, the two leaders had signed a statement committing to full "denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula while the United States had chose to give "security guarantees".

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Richard Downes, executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs, said last week that he had been told the North may have the remains of more than 200 American service members that were likely recovered from land during farming or construction and could be easily returned.

Government and military officials in South Korea said Friday that the return of the remains is expected to take a significant amount of time given how many there are and that various ideas about the method of repatriation are being mulled.

Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said Tuesday that Seoul and Beijing share a "strategic goal" in achieving the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula and that progress in nuclear diplomacy has facilitated high-level contacts between North Korea and its neighbors. That method enabled US researchers to keep the remains more intact and to glean clues from their surroundings.

Repeating North Korean arguments, Trump said the games were "provocative" to Pyongyang and added that they were "very expensive". "I wouldn't expect that at this point". However, China is North Korea's biggest trading partner. Close to 7,700 USA troops remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, and about 5,300 of those were lost in North Korea.

On June 19, U.S. and S Korea announced their decision to suspend Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise (joint military exercise).

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