Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Pompeo suggests North Korea weapons work counter to denuclearization pledge

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un The US has demanded Kim Jong-un relinquish his nuclear weapons before sanctions are lifted
| 03 August, 2018, 18:16

Vice President Mike Pence and USA military leaders received the remains in Hawaii during a somber ceremony on Wednesday.

"We have remains that look to have been in a state of preservation consistent with coming from the Korean War era", he said, and materials provided with the remains included USA -issued military equipment such as canteens and buttons.

Although President Donald Trump has publicly thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for fulfilling the promise he made at their June 12 Singapore summit to return American war remains, USA officials had cautioned that little was known about the remains and that they could not be quickly identified. -North Korea summit in Singapore, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew back to the city state on Friday and said North Korea's continued work on weapons programs was inconsistent with its leader's commitment to denuclearize. The most significant bit of information in each case was the name of the village where the remains were recovered, he said. He said the U.S.is prepared to discuss arrangements for future U.S.

Trump didn't lock down any specifics during their meeting but promised that North Korea was going to denuclearize.

The service member's family has been notified and will receive the dog tag at a previously scheduled conference being held in Arlington, Virginia next week for Korean War and Cold War families to receive updates on their loved ones.

The remains were initially transferred to United Nations control on Tuesday in Osan, South Korea before being sent to Hawaii, where Vice President Mike Pence received the 55 cases now draped in the American flag.

More than 35,000 Americans died on the Korean Peninsula and 7,702 are still unaccounted for, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

"Where we have matches - compelling matches with DNA, we will get a very strong lead and be able to pursue identifications quickly", said Byrd.

Kim Jong Un visiting a trial operation of a new type of trolley bus
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In an illustration of how long it can take to identify Korean War remains, McKeague's agency announced Thursday that the remains of a soldier found more than a decade ago, Army Sgt. William A. Larkins of Pittsburgh, are being returned to his family for burial.

To work on the additional remains the team of DPAA researchers assigned to identifying the remains of Korean War missing will almost double in size from five to nine.

The remains were formally repatriated Tuesday in Osan, South Korea to to the control of the United Nations before being transported to Hawaii, where the DPAA's identification laboratory is located.

Trump said, "I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action".

It's still unclear where the United States stands with North Korea. McKeague said Thursday that the North Koreans who provided the 55 boxes last week did not say whether they have others.

Pompeo cautioned that "no matter how much progress we make", economic sanctions against North Korea will remain, adding that the ball is now in Kim's court.

On Monday, a senior US official said USA spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

"I would go back in an instant if we were asked to", said Byrd who participated in numerous earlier search missions.


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