Remains of fallen US troops leave S. Korea

U.S. Intel Reportedly Says North Korea is Building New Missiles As Trump Continues to Boast of Progress

The evidence obtained this month is the latest to suggest ongoing activity in North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities despite talks with the United States and a June summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Military honour guards carry the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea during a repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on 1 August, 2018.

"Some have called the Korean War the 'forgotten war.' But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten", Pence said.

"The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relation", KCNA said in their propaganda dispatch.

Pence looked on solemnly with his hand over his heart as the long, narrow boxes were gently laid on the stanchions in front of him. "Very meaningful." Around 629 sets of remains have returned home so far since 1990, according to United Nations Command.

The gesture, which coincided with the 65th anniversary of the Korean War, was part of an agreement reached by Trump and Kim during their landmark summit in Singapore in June.

The remains within each box may not be those of a single person and are likely fragments of bones, said Paul Cole, an expert on recovery of soldiers missing in action and prisoners of war, who worked as a visiting scientific fellow at Hawaii's Central Identification Laboratory where the boxes will land.

North Korea handed over the remains last week and a USA military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve the 55 cases.

Official U.S. statistics show more than 7,500 American personnel remains unaccounted for following the war.

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"We all want diplomacy to succeed, so I am interested to hear more from Secretary Pompeo this Wednesday on his views on this development - and if he considers this to be significant", the New Jersey Democrat said in reference to the images published Monday.

Adam Mount, a senior fellow and director at the Federation of American Scientists, agreed that these steps "are encouraging and helpful for extending talks" but noted they "are not themselves a major material step toward disarmament or militarily significant restrictions".

The remains will be examined at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and experts there will be responsible for identifying the remains.

On the issue of sanctions, however, Trump has been adamant, stressing on numerous occasions that North Korea should not expect an easing of restrictions any time soon.

Pence mentioned that along with the denuclearization commitment Trump had obtained from Kim during the two leaders' historic summit in Singapore on June 12, Trump had also "secured a promise from Chairman Kim to return the remains of all fallen United States service members lost in North Korea".

The vice president spoke for a few minutes before the ceremony began, calling it "tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula".

However, in an article published on 38 North last week, author Gareth Porter took the media to task for its reporting on North Korea's moves toward denuclearization highlighting disagreement within the intelligence community and inside the Trump administration. "They appear to be remains from the Korean War".

Sanfilippo's father disappeared when she was 4 years old and she was inspired later in life to learn to fly the same kind of P-51 plane that her father was in when hit by ground fire over North Korea.

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