But the United States blocked the statement on June 28 given "ongoing and very sensitive talks between the United States and the DPRK at this time", diplomats said.
Beyond the promised initial return of remains that the North may have been holding in storage for years, the State Department said Sunday the two sides have agreed to restart searches for burial locations of US war remains in North Korea. That meeting did not materialize.
The South Korean government has generally refrained from openly criticizing the North's government during talks: On Friday, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon praised Kim as a North Korean leader who finally cared about the "livelihoods of people". They have no time limit for this and no need to rush the process is very quickly.
The United States will provide cases for the remains, and a US delegation will go to North Korea to retrieve them, flying them out on July 27 either to Osan Air Base in South Korea or to Hawaii.
CNN reported last month that the USA was expecting North Korea to return troop remains from the war, following a recommitment from Trump and Kim at their summit in Singapore.
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The console is painted "Amazing Red" and featured the signature white spider emblem created by Insomniac plastered on the console. There was also a glimpse at the "Velocity Suit" designed by comic artist Adi Granov and a line of game-specific Funko Pop! toys.
The United States pushed through a series of UN resolutions previous year that significantly escalated the pressure on North Korea's economy in response to Pyongyang's repeated tests to advance its nuclear weapons program.
North Korean state media, which has often derided the South and its former presidents as a "puppet" of U.S. hostile forces, has notably refrained from criticising the Moon administration especially after this year's thaw in relations. While the South wants more reunions, analysts say North Korea allows only infrequent meetings for the fear of wasting what it sees as an important diplomatic bargaining chip.
North Korea said it would return between 50 and 55 sets of remains.
Broadcaster Voice Of America reported Tuesday that an expert panel under the United Nations sanctions committee found that North Korea shipped coal to the Russian port of Kholmsk on Sakhalin Island. six times between July and September 2017.
A TV screen shows a blurred photo of North Korean restaurant workers in China, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Kore, Friday, July 20, 2018.
Trump last month met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in the first US-North Korean summit and received a letter from the reclusive leader expressing hope for "practical actions".