Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

First two US troops from North Korean remains identified

Korean People's Army soldiers stand beneath the entrance to a pavillion before the Military Demarcation Line at the truce village of Panmunjom on the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. (AFP  MANILA B U.S. Identifies Remains of Two Service Members Returned From North Korea
Pablo Mccormick | 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.

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Flooding risks are also causing worries over the more than 300 wild horses living on North Carolina's coasts. The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong.

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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The deputy's body camera video shows the deputy repeatedly ordered the man to drop his weapon before the man shot himself. More than 30 people were reportedly interviewed during the initial investigation, and five search warrants were served.

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.

Canada's Freeland returns to Washington for NAFTA talks
Canada's foreign minister is to be in Saskatoon on Wednesday to update her fellow caucus members on the ongoing negotiations. US and Canadian trade representatives are set to meet this week to advance NAFTA negotiations between the two countries.

The July transfer coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and US-led forces under the UN Command.

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