North Korea hands over the possible remains of American war dead

North Korea hands over the possible remains of American war dead

North Korea hands over the possible remains of American war dead

Air Force C-17 aircraft with remains of United States service members who died in the Korean war has departed the North, the White House said Friday, suggesting the implementation of one of the agreements reached at the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

Trump had promised to secure the release of more remains after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month.

A USA transport aircraft flew from Osan Air Base in South Korea at about 6 a.m. (5 p.m. ET Thursday) to Kalma Airport in the eastern North Korean city of Wonsan at about dawn to retrieve the remains, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

North Korea on Friday handed over the remains of some USA soldiers who died during the 1950-53 Korean War, giving new momentum to a diplomatic detente that had shown signs of stalling in recent weeks.

"It was all there".

Experts say a declaration to officially end the war, which could also involve Seoul and Beijing, would make it easier for Pyongyang to steer the discussions with Washington toward a peace treaty, diplomatic recognition, security assurance and economic benefits. "It was the closest I've been to him since I was three years old", Downes said.

This would be a complicated matter this time, unlike the decades of previous USA resistance to making peace with North Korea.

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said while "peace on the Korean Peninsula is a goal shared by the world", the worldwide community would not accept a nuclear armed North Korea.

The White House said it was "encouraged" by the return of the remains and the "momentum for positive change".

The operation, which has been confirmed by the White House, follows weeks of negotiations between USA and North Korean diplomats. Remains that were returned in the past from North Korea were found to have been mixed with those of unidentified people and even with animal bones. From 1996 to 2005, joint U.S.

Despite an eventual cease fire in 1953, North Korea, South Korea, and the United States are technically still at a state of war.

CNN's Barbara Starr reported that each case of remains was to be opened and photographed inside North Korea, before take off.

Many experts and officials in Washington, however, fear signing a peace deal first could erode the worldwide pressure they believe led Kim to negotiate. Its officials also agreed to resume joint U.S. Though the USA is a major belligerent within the Korean War, and would be needed for peace, being the lone holdout would be seriously embarrassing. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress on Wednesday North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs. The United States, meanwhile, alleged that the safety of its recovery teams wasn't being guaranteed.

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