First two US troops from North Korean remains identified
First two US troops from North Korean remains identified
U.S. Identifies Remains of Two Service Members Returned From North Korea
14 September, 2018, 06:29
The confirmation comes almost two months after North Korea agreed to return 55 boxes of remains to the United States following a meeting between President Donald Trump and communist dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that experts chose to focus on these two sets of remains as they thought "they had a better chance", considering reasons including where the remains had been found and the background Washington had. Vice President Pence spoke at the repatriation ceremony, where he praised the event as "tangible progress" in negotiations between the US and North Korea.
The repatriation followed a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during which Kim agreed to send home some of America's war dead.
Byrd said the names will be announced publicly once the family is notified, the report said.
Mattis says talks are ongoing with North Korea to get additional remains repatriated. Despite setbacks in the nuclear negotiations, North Korea has maintained its moratorium on weapons testing, has toned down its rhetoric, and attempted to downplay the threatening nature of its arsenal, as was evidenced by its decision not to feature ICBMs in its most recent military parade.
A small group of journalists was given access on Monday to a secure facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where forensic anthropologists are combing through the remains handed over by Pyongyang in July.
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Byrd acknowledged that it could take months for the next round of identifications.
Both service members were determined to have died in late 1950 near the Chongchon River and the remains were identified using DNA analysis and historical documents, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Nevertheless, according to the U.S, the identifications process is anticipated to chip away at least 7,699 US troops who remain unaccounted for in the Korean War. The US military estimates that more than 7,000 US troops who lost their lives during the Korean War remain unaccounted for.
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