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UN Command head talks to N. Koreans about troop remains

14 September 2018

The confirmation comes almost two months after North Korea agreed to return 55 boxes of remains to the United States following a meeting between President Donald Trump and communist dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

"It's been good work done, they moved swiftly on a couple where they thought they had a better chance for a number of reasons, where the remains came from, and what background we had, and how much we had to work with", he said, according to CNN.

However, the sets of bones from the two soon-to-be-identified troops are far more complete.

The U.S. estimates that some 5,300 American soldiers' remains have yet to be recovered from North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to return the troop remains as the USA continues to seek denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The announcement marks the first breakthrough in identifying troop remains since North Korea sent 55 boxes of human remains to the part of ongoing negotiations between the two countries.

The two United States service members, who were identified through DNA analysis and historical documents, are believed to have died in late 1950 in an area near the Chongchon River, where USA forces suffered heavy losses during the Korean War. One individual is believed to be African American, based on the remains.

Forensic anthropologists are combing through the remains at a secure facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Defense Department laboratory in Hawaii is working to identify them. He also said that consultations are going on about the repatriation of more Korean War remains.

A United Nations Command delegation led by US Air Force Major General Michael Minihan met with North Korean officials at Panmunjom Friday to discuss "military-to-military efforts to support any potential future return of remains", AFP reported Tuesday.

UN Command head talks to N. Koreans about troop remains