Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un, sends his reply

Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un, sends his reply

Trump's Twitter post on Thursday thanked Kim for returning the remains of some American war dead from the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Military pallbearers carry the remains of US service members collected in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during Repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1 2018.

The North Koreans provided enough specifics about where each suspected body was found that USA officials have matched them to specific battles fought from 1950 to 1951, although not necessarily individuals, he said.

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. There is "no meeting planned", Sanders told reporters.

But there are reports North Korea continues to build nuclear missiles.

Military equipment was also found among the remains, including boots, canteens, buttons and buckles. Pyongyang has called for a formal declaration to end the war, viewing it as a guarantee of its security in exchange for denuclearization.

Byrd cautioned that the 55 boxes did not necessarily equate to the remains of 55 individuals.

Last June, Trump thanked Jong Un for returning the remains of 200 USA service members.

Most of the remains returned to the USA were from the village of Sinheung Ri, near the Chosin Reservoir.

"Looking back on it, I would say it was challenging but very successful", said Byrd, who took part in the joint field operations that stretched from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s.

The agency's officials expressed confidence that the remains the North Koreans handed over this week were indeed those of Americans service members who died during the war.

He said numerous recovered remains likely belonged to U.S. Army soldiers who fought in the November, 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir - 1,024 Americans are still missing from that battle. The remains will immediately be subjected to DNA testing to see if they match DNA in the DPAA's database. Byrd said he couldn't say how long it would take to make a first identification or identify all of the remains. The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War.

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