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04 August 2018

The remains returned to US soil are part of a deal struck between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to visit OH to campaign in special House election CNN's Acosta: I'm anxious Trump's rhetoric toward media "will result in somebody getting hurt" Trump shares son's tweet backing supporters chanting "CNN sucks" MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The remains began their flight back to the US on Wednesday evening local time, after a repatriation ceremony at Osan Air Base, located some 40 miles south of Seoul. Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned 208 containers to the USA with remains.

The transfer was the "a tangible result of the commitment made by President Trump and Chairman Kim in Singapore", said Angela Kerwin, Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.

"I don't have any announcement today but it's natural to get a lot of business done. but we are not there for any announcements", the official said.

"Our science has also improved exponentially in recent years, so our DNA analysts can now make a more complete identification with less DNA", she said, "which does help offset the age of some of the remains".

From the base, the remains will be taken to a laboratory in Hawaii for possible identification, with the goal of matching them with any of the 7,697 USA personnel who remain are unaccounted for after the Korean War.

Pence looked on solemnly with his hand over his heart as the long, narrow boxes were gently laid on the stanchions in front of him.

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Sixteen other United Nations member countries fought alongside USA service members on behalf of South Korea.

Singapore was also the site of last month's historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at which the two reached a loose agreement on denuclearization.

The DPAA Laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is the first USA stop for the recently returned remains.

The United Nations Command repatriated 55 cases of soldier remains returned by North Korea last Thursday.

About 500 people, including U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo attended the ceremony.

North Korea entered talks with the United States and South Korea earlier this year apparently because it urgently needs to revive an economy hit hard by American-led U.N. sanctions. We have many others coming.

North Korea halted nuclear and missile tests, shut down its nuclear testing site and began dismantling facilities at its rocket launch site.

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More than 7,700 USA troops remain unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korea War.

Mr Trump later suspended annual military drills with South Korea which North Korea had long called an invasion rehearsal.

The return of 55 sets is seen as only a first step. "Once it became official Friday, Korean time, that North Korea had returned the soldiers" remains, Trump reiterated that North kept its promise and underlined the fact that no monetary rewards were exchanged.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week that North Korea was continuing to produce fissile material for nuclear bombs despite its pledge to denuclearize.

The returns of f dozens of servicemen who were killed in the Korean War.

The agency usually also relies on any items that may have been found with remains like uniforms, dog tags and wedding rings to identify remains.

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North Korea missile program continues | Don't Miss This