Monday, 12 November, 2018

US says remains returned by North Korea likely American

Dutch Korean war veterans urge Rutte to bring back five dead soldiers US says remains returned by North Korea likely American
Lisa Bryan | 01 August, 2018, 21:31

The boxes are en route from South Korea to Hawaii for extensive examination.

The Games' opening ceremony is August 18, which leaves Kim, who has launched a series of diplomatic engagements in 2018, only a few weeks to decide whether to attend the event that will bring the teams of North and South Korea together.

The remains of close to 5,000 US soldiers have yet to be recovered from North Korea. In the past, the North has provided bones that in some cases were not human or that were additional bones of USA servicemen already identified from previously recovered remains.

It was not the first time US intelligence clashed with the president's optimism.

Experts said it was still unclear whether the rivals can reach any breakthrough agreement on reducing tensions in the near future because South Korea, in close consultations with the United States, must link any expansion of ties to progress in North Korea's nuclear disarmament.

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During the April summit and a June meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed his commitment to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

As North Korea's vague, timetable-free promises to one day denuclearize the Korean peninsula have melted away, President Trump has emphasized his shrewd bargaining for the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War.

Eleven days after the Singapore summit and more than five weeks before the first boxes of possible remains were handed over by North Korea, Trump declared at a rally in Duluth, Minn., "We got back our great, fallen heroes, the remains".


"It's hard to live your life not knowing what happened to your loved one", the daughter of one missing serviceman told the BBC earlier.

"As the son of a Korean War combat veteran, it is deeply humbling to be part of this historic moment", Pence said.

An organisation representing Dutch veterans who fought in North Korea has asked prime minister Mark Rutte to do his best to recover the bodies of five Dutch soldiers who died in the country in the 1950s. About 33,000 coalition troops remain unaccounted for. Most died on the battlefield and were buried in shallow graves or in cemeteries that were meant to be temporary, but some also perished in POW camps run by North Korea or China, experts say. US intelligence agencies in recent months increased their estimates of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal, taking into account enriched uranium from at least one secret enrichment site.

Members of support group the Korean War Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action Network have told families to be cautious about the latest releases, saying they could be from other nationalities, not necessarily American.

"They are likely to be American remains", he said. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

It is thought North Korea has about 200 sets of remains collected already. Trump thanked Kim for the return.

Many analysts and independent experts, however, see that dismantling as largely symbolic, since North Korea has now successfully launched ICBMs that use the kind of liquid-fueled engines tested at Sohae.

"We have no indications that anything is amiss, but you don't know and can't confirm one way or the other", he said.

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