Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

N Korea 'making missiles' despite United States thaw

N Korea 'making missiles' despite United States thaw

Remains of what are believed to be 55 United States soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War arrived on Wednesday in the USA after North Korea returned them a few days ago under agreements reached between the leaders of both countries.

The remains of foreign soldiers returned by North Korea last week are likely to be American, an official at the United States agency that deals with troops missing in action said Wednesday, as a U.S. military aircraft prepared to repatriate the cases to Hawaii.

Former DPAA official Jeong Yang-seung, who previously worked on identifying USA remains from the North, said it was unusual to locate dog tags during the search and recovery process.

How many USA servicemen are missing from the Korean War? Pyongyang has appeared open to discussions surrounding its status as a nuclear state following meetings with both South Korea and the United States.

Also, between 1996 and 2005, U.S. -North Korea relations last week but cautioned against assuming the remains are definitely Americans.

American Veterans (AMVETS) National Commander Marion Polk said, "We are tremendously grateful to everyone who has worked so faithfully for so many years to locate and repatriate the remains of American service members who have fallen in battle all over the world".

There are no further details about the military dog-tag handed over when a United States military aircraft flew to Kalma Airport, near the North Korean city of Wonsan, on Friday. Across those decades, the fallen were "entitled to one certainty - that they will never be forgotten", Davidson said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week that the return of the 55 boxes was a positive step but not a guarantee that the bones are American. The laboratory uses forensic anthropology, odontology, DNA and other scientific methods to identify remains.

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North Korea handed over the 55 cases on July 27, when an Air Force C-17 flew to an airbase near Wonsan on North Korea's east coast and returned with the remains to Osan.

During the Singapore meeting, Kim also committed to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while Trump promised to provide security assurances.

With this most recent return, some Pentagon officials believe USA recovery teams could be back in North Korea searching for remains by next spring.

While the identification process of the remains could take anywhere form days to decades, Byrd said "there is no reason to doubt that they do relate to Korean War losses". North Korea has nearly certainly not sent back anything close to 200 bodies. "Today our boys are coming home", an emotional Pence said. On Wednesday, U.S. Consul General Angela Kerwin said that no money was paid to North Korea for the remains. But examination showed that the remains were from more than 208 individuals.

Activity seen at a factory in North Korea that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) indicates it is constructing new missiles, a US-based newspaper has reported quoting intelligence officials.

Last week, it appeared North Korea had begun dismantling part of a key rocket launch site, but according to recent reports based on USA intelligence leaks, Pyongyang might still secretly be continuing its nuclear weapons programme.

The Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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