World Report: North Koreans skip meeting to discuss remains of American troops

17:42  12 july  2018
17:42  12 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

U.S. hopes for return of 50 Korean War dead from North Korea within two weeks

  U.S. hopes for return of 50 Korean War dead from North Korea within two weeks <p>The United States hopes North Korea will return the remains of about 50 American Korean War dead within two weeks, the first of thousands President Donald Trump says Pyongyang has promised to hand over, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.</p>However, the timing of the handover and the number of sets remains to be returned is still uncertain, in spite of two days of talks between U.S. and North Korean officials on Sunday and Monday, said the official, who did not want to be identified.

U.S. President Donald Trump met with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018, in Singapore, in the first summit meeting between the leaders of the United States of America and

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean officials did not show up on Thursday for a meeting with Americans at the inter- Korean border to discuss the return of remains of United States soldiers killed in the Korean War, officials said.

North Korean officials reportedly did not show up Thursday at a scheduled meeting with U.S. officials to discuss returning the remains of American soldiers, and instead suggested talking with United Nations military leaders about the issue.

Yonhap News in South Korea reported that North Korea asked the United Nations Command to hold "general-level military talks" about returning the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.

A source told Yonhap that North Korea "wants a U.S. general to appear at the table to quickly finalize the repatriation issue."

If the U.S. agrees to the meeting, it would mark the first time North Korea has engaged in military talks with the United Nations military body since 2009.

U.S., North Korea to meet on Sunday over war remains

  U.S., North Korea to meet on Sunday over war remains North Korea has offered to meet an American delegation on Sunday to discuss the repatriation of remains of soldiers killed in the Korean War, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea's Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol had agreed in earlier talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet on or about July 12 in Panmunjom with an American delegation over the remains. That meeting did not materialize."Midday today they contacted us and offered to meet on Sunday," Nauert said in a statement. "We will be ready.

The Report . Photos. News. Columns. WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been more than a decade since North Korea turned over the remains of American troops missing from the Korean War.

Skip to content Skip to site index. Asia Pacific. Subscribe. “The North Koreans did not present any conditions that the United States could not accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops in South Korea ,” Mr. Moon told newspaper publishers in Seoul, before his own planned summit meeting with

Kelly McKeague, who leads an agency that locates remains of U.S. soldiers on foreign battlefields, said Wednesday that U.S. officials expected to meet with North Korean officials on Thursday to flesh details on how to go about securing the remains of additional U.S. troops.

McKeague told Reuters it will be months before excavations can start in the search for remains in North Korea. It could be years before some of those remains can be identified, he added.

President Trump repeatedly claimed after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month that Pyongyang had agreed to return the remains of U.S. soldiers who died during the Korean War. In late June, he said the remains of 200 U.S. or allied service members had been returned.

While Trump touted the summit as a sweeping success and declared North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, relations have been shakier in recent weeks.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang last week to meet with North Korean officials for the first time since the summit. He dismissed North Korean claims that the U.S. was acting like a "gangster" in pressuring the country to denuclearize, saying North Korea has not pushed back in negotiations.

For the U.S., a frustrating history of recovering human remains in North Korea .
The Pentagon has sent some $22 million to North Korea since 1990 for repatriation efforts.Load Error

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