North Korea tops Pompeo agenda at Asia security meeting

North Korea tops Pompeo agenda at Asia security meeting

North Korea tops Pompeo agenda at Asia security meeting

Donald Trump has thanked North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un for sending the suspected remains of USA soldiers killed in the Korean War back to the United States.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence is flying to Hawaii on Wednesday to receive 55 boxes of bones recently handed over by North Korea.

Major-General Kim Do Gyun, the South's chief negotiator in charge of North Korea policy at the Defence Ministry, told reporters he would make efforts to craft "substantive" measures to ease tensions and build trust.

Pence, whose father fought in the Korean War, said the USA "will never stop striving until every hero lost in the Korean War is home" and hence keep its promise "to leave no man behind".

"We see today as tangible progress in our attempts to achieve peace [with North Korea], but today's just the beginning", Pence says.

From the base, the remains will be taken to a laboratory in Hawaii for possible identification, with the goal of matching them with any of the 7,697 USA personnel who remain are unaccounted for after the Korean War. They set the caskets gently on risers lined up inside the hangar as Mr Pence stood watching with his hand over his heart.

The move comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump agreed the country would disarm its nuclear arsenal.

The remains of dozens of presumed USA war dead returned to Hawaii on Wednesday after they were handed over by North Korea.

The Hawaii-based DPAA laboratory will go over the remains for accurate identification.

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An American military plane was able to enter North Korea on Friday to pick up the remains of the soldiers.

Friday's transfer of the remains coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and USA -led forces under the U.N. Command.

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

"What's more, a liquid-fueled ICBM doesn't pose nearly the threat that a solid-fueled one would because they take so long to fuel, and that's something we almost certainly could see in time to abort a launch, given our assets in the vicinity".

North Korea's intention was to deceive the misconstruing the number of warheads as well as research facilities they have, while claiming they have fully denuclearised, the Post reported, citing intelligence. In his remarks he said that more than 8,000 Americans had gone missing or were killed during the war. Other items on their joint memorandum, such as a pledge to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", remain unaddressed.

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 USA service members lost in North Korea".

The department left open the possibility that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could meet North Korean officials during meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc in Singapore this weekend. The remains were returned from North Korea, one of President Trump's requests.

The remains recovered last week were the first received by the US since 2005, when efforts to repatriate bodies stopped amid tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. "They appear to be remains from the Korean War".

An armistice that ended the Korean War has yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in a technical state of war.

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