Aircraft carrying remains of US Korean War dead departs North Korea

Aircraft carrying remains of US Korean War dead departs North Korea

Aircraft carrying remains of US Korean War dead departs North Korea

"A U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft containing remains of fallen service members has departed Wonsan, North Korea", the White House said in a statement late Thursday.

However he indicated that no progress had been made on a key USA demand - that North Korea disclose the range of its nuclear capabilities, saying: "An initial declaration.is something that is at the very forefront of what. we think, makes sense to get them to a point where we can verify their full denuclearisation".

"It must happen at least when North Korea has declared its nuclear facilities".

Pompeo reiterated that North Korea had agreed to denuclearize.

Lastly, the Trump administration should cancel the travel ban on Americans from traveling to North Korea and on North Koreans coming into the United States.

Details of what specifically the USA had picked up were unclear, but reports said previously that Pyongyang would return about 55 sets of remains from the 1950-53 Korean War.

In addition to resuming the recovery of U.S. servicemen remains, the Trump administration should help reunite Korean American families still divided by the ongoing Korean War.

More than 35,000 Americans were killed on the Korean Peninsula during the war, out of which around 7,700 are still considered missing, including 5,300 in North Korea alone, according to the Pentagon.

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Rick Downes, who was three years old when his father Hal Downes went missing during the Korean War, flew to Pyongyang to press for the return of not just his father's remains but also those of the 5,300 American servicemen still missing in action in North Korea.

"We have seen only a vague agreement of promises to make more promises - but with weaker commitments than North Korea has previously made", he said.

Unfortunately, progress on the signing of a peace agreement is being stalled by old patterns of behavior that have only served the interests of those who benefit from continued war. Jackson said. "Maybe Moon is secretly OK with the end of the alliance, though for political reasons he could never admit it". Even as Friday began, there was still uncertainty over whether the transfer would occur.

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said on Tuesday it is possible to declare an end to war this year. Asked whether the declaration could come about before North Korea's denuclearization, Cho acknowledged it is quite likely.

Millions died during the war, including 36,000 USA soldiers.

Friday marks 65th anniversary of the truce, which will be commemorated by the United Nations Command in a ceremony in the fortified demilitarized zone that has divided the two Koreas since the war.

The transfer of remains represents one of the first tangible results of Trump's June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. No formal peace treaty ending the conflict has ever been signed. Its officials also agreed to resume joint U.S.

Regardless of the extent of China's involvement, experts noted that South Korea should be cautious about the possibility that Beijing may use it as an opportunity to push its own agenda.

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