It comes after a report based on satellite images from July 20 and July 22 revealed that North Korea was dismantling an important satellite launch facility. A ceremony was held on Wednesday in Hawaii to receive the remains.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Less than two months after a landmark U.S.
Trump mentioned the letter in a tweet earlier Thursday as he thanked Kim for returning the remains of presumed American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.
"Everything we saw was consistent with these remains, indeed, being from the Korean War, and consistent with these remains being good candidates to be missing Americans from the Korean War", said Byrd.
His comments came on the back of a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim in Singapore on Jun 12 - the first meeting between the leaders of both countries.
The two leaders when they met in Singapore in June announced an agreement in which Kim reaffirmed his "unwavering" commitment to denuclearize, but little progress on that front has been made in the weeks since.
Byrd said he would not venture a guess at how many individuals are represented by the bones contained in the 55 boxes. The most significant bit of information in each case was the name of the village where the remains were recovered, he said.
"China all along has believed that the consensus reached by US and North Korea's leaders meeting in Singapore is very precious", Wang told reporters. Two members of that person's family have been notified, Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency, told reporters. U.S. Marines also fought in the famous battle, but mainly along the reservoir's western side.
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The US military flew the caskets from Osan Air Base in South Korea. The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War. If matches are achieved, identification can be done relatively quickly, he said, but in other cases the identification work will take years.
Investigators will also use dental records and chest x-rays to further analyze the remains for a possible identification.
To work on the additional remains the team of DPAA researchers assigned to identifying the remains of Korean War missing will almost double in size from five to nine.
Trump said, "I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action".
The remains were formally repatriated Tuesday in Osan, South Korea to to the control of the United Nations before being transported to Hawaii, where the DPAA's identification laboratory is located.
United States Vice President Mike Pence (L) pays respects, as a military honor guard carries the remains of american soldiers repatriated from North Korea during a repatriation ceremony at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1, 2018.
While it is hoped that the repatriation will give momentum to the implementation of the key element of the deal - the dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program - progress toward securing firm commitments in that regard from Pyongyang has reportedly been slow.
USA officials have been closely watching North Korea's willingness to abandon its nuclear ambitions. -North Korean searches of battlefields and POW camp graveyards as occurred from 1996 to 2005.