POW/MIA Accounting Agency begins process of identifying Korean War remains

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur

Dozens of American, South Korean and other soldiers and officials from United Nations countries that fought in the Korean War conducted a ceremony with full military honors before the remains were loaded into military transport aircraft for the flight to Hawaii on Wednesday.

Other countries under the command of the United Nations also have troops that are still unaccounted for, including the UK, Australia and Canada. The commander of US Forces Korea, General Vincent Brooks, said at the recent Aspen Security Forum that North Korea's "production capability is still intact".

The remains were then moved in gray vans to an airfield where US and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into two transport planes.

The 55 boxes, draped in the blue and white flag of the United Nations, are each small enough to be carried in one person's arms. "He came back with a medal on his chest, but my dad, gone now 30 years, always told us that the real heroes of the Korean War were the ones that didn't get to come home", he reflected.

About 7,700 USA soldiers are listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea. "Before determining whether that [report] is accurate, I realize that the entire people in North and South Korea think highly of our meeting", he said. The remains will be tested in Hawaii.

Many nations fought in the Korean War, but most of the cases are thought to contain USA troops. His North Korean counterpart, Lt. Gen. F-16s flew in formation over the ceremony to honor the missing soldiers who fought in the Korean War, before each casket was brought in by a van - six caskets at a time. He said the Koreas will continue talks on details of the issues, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

North Korea may want to use the remains' return to keep diplomacy with the United States alive and win a reciprocal USA concession.

This spring, however, Trump took a vastly different approach in his dealings with his North Korean counterpart, leading to the "epochal" summit in Singapore in which North Korean denuclearization was agreed upon. But North Korea provided only a single military dog tag with the 55 boxes.

The report casts further doubt on President Donald Trump's claims of victory last month in disarmament talks with North Korea. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

Experts say positively identifying the decades-old remains could take anywhere from days to decades.

The lack of progress has been a source of concern for many observers, especially as worldwide sanctions are beginning to ease and news reports indicate that North Korea is continuing its nuclear and ballistic programs.

"Whosoever emerges from these aircraft, so begins a new season of hope for our families of the fallen", Pence said. But examination showed that the remains were from more than 208 individuals.

While President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter in recent weeks that North Korea is "no longer a Nuclear Threat", the regime continues to construct new missiles, according to US intelligence officials who spoke with the Washington Post.

An armistice that ended the Korean War has yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in a technical state of war.

The Post cited "intelligence gathered by us agencies" as evidence that North Korean officials planned to try to fool the U.S.by making a show out of destroying 20 nuclear warheads while they kept dozens. -North Korea joint efforts resulted in the recovery of 229 containers of remains.

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