US Welcomes Remains Of War Dead Soldiers From North Korea

WATCH: US welcomes home possible 'forgotten war' remains

Mr Pence said the handover demonstrated the success of President Trump's summit with Mr Kim.

WASHINGTON-President Trump received a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said on Thursday in the latest public display of diplomacy between the two countries.

John Byrd, director of analysis for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), told reporters at Osan that the family of the soldier identified by the dog tag had been notified.

Pence, in his address at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, said he trusted that Americans killed in the war were among the flag-draped cases flown to Hawaii on Wednesday.

Trump alluded to the letter in a late-night tweet thanking Kim for this week's return of remains of dozens of USA soldiers killed during the Korean War. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

Only one identification "dog tag" was delivered by the North Koreans, underscoring the long path ahead for usa military efforts to identify the remains inside the 55 boxes presented by North Korea to the United States last week.

US officials have been closely watching North Korea's willingness to abandon its nuclear ambitions. He said the U.S.is prepared to discuss arrangements for future U.S.

But questions have deepened over Pyongyang's commitment after US spy satellite material detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Byrd, who went to Wonsan in North Korea last week as part of the team that brought back the remains, said he was told by North Korean officials that the remains were recovered from the village of Sin Hung-ri on the east side of the reservoir.

A USA defense official told VOA North Korea has provided nearly no information to help identify the individuals, and that the process could take months or years to complete.

Trump has sought to show progress from his June 12 summit with Kim.

Sanders said no second meeting is "locked in" as a follow-up to the Singapore summit in June, but they remain open to discussions.

Speaking Friday before he attends an Asian security forum with North Korea's foreign minister, Pompeo told reporters in Singapore there was "still a ways to go before" achieving the goal of ridding the North of its nuclear weapons.

It has taken longer than Washington had hoped, but a U.S. state department official says the process so far has been smooth. He said during a rally on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida, that the U.S. was "doing well" with North Korea, citing the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear and missile tests. -North Korean excavations but that this process is not yet underway. The day of the transfer coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice agreement that put a temporary stop to the war between the North and South.

With the remains having been returned to the United States, the Defense P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting Agency, a Department of Defense outfit, now has the hard task of identifying them, which could take months, according to The New York Times. Technically, the two Koreas are still at war.

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