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USA sends coffins to North Korea for soldiers' remains

26 June 2018

Pompeo's remarks contrasted sharply with comments from a senior defense official who briefed reporters ahead of a trip to Asia by U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and said Washington would soon present a timeline to North Korea with "specific asks".

The North has long accused the USA of provoking the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a plan for global domination and blames it for the division of the peninsula, agreed between Moscow and Washington in the closing days of World War II.

News reports are also addressing President Trump differently, calling him by his title and full name instead of just his last name which is how United States officials are traditionally referenced by the regime's media.

In a statement, a U.D. official said the timeline will clarify what the implementation of the summit agreement should look like.

Mattis noted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed to doing so in his June 12 meeting with President Donald Trump on denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

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"We hope that we will have an ongoing process of making progress", CNN quoted him as saying.

Trump announced last week that North Korea returned the remains of 200 us or allied service members lost in the Korean War, while the Pentagon announced on Friday it would indefinitely suspend two training exercises with South Korea.

"North Korean anti-Americanism may have popular roots (nourished by decades of agitprop), but what we see is what the state wants us to", he added.

Trump said last week the "No 1 statement" in the document he and Kim signed in Singapore was "we will immediately begin total denuclearisation of North Korea", although there was no such statement in the text.

The North's agreement to hold only a single week of reunions for 100 families, falls far short of what many expected after Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised "comprehensive and groundbreaking advancement of inter-Korean relations" in their joint declaration at the end of the inter-Korean summit in April.

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The Pentagon says Pyongyang has indicated several times that they have as many as 200 sets of remains that could be those of USA soldiers who died in the war.

North Korea has cancelled its yearly anti-United States demonstration.

North Korea has also tried to withhold its participation in family reunions until certain political conditions are met, such as halting activists in the South from sending outside information into the North.

Less than two weeks after the summit, Pompeo suggested it was too soon to expect a detailed roadmap after 40 years of tensions between the two countries.

Lee's office followed up the statement confirming the artillery issue is being discussed "internally" but it has yet to be raised with the North Koreans.

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USA sends coffins to North Korea for soldiers' remains