Department of Defense Begins Identifying Remains Returned From North Korea

02 August, 2018, 07:34 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • 24 2018 South Korean soldiers disembark from a passenger ferry at Yeonpyeong island near the 'northern limit line' sea boundary with North Korea.  To go with SKorea-NKorea-diplomacy-politics

Many analysts and independent experts, however, see that dismantling as largely symbolic, since North Korea has now successfully launched ICBMs that use the kind of liquid-fueled engines tested at Sohae.

The North's state media has in recent days chastised the South for failing to move more swiftly to improve inter-Korean relations while paying too much heed to the US.

"Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war". And as I said to them, my father, anytime the war came up and anyone used the word 'hero, ' my dad would say, the heroes were the ones that didn't come home.

"My dad, lieutenant Ed Pence fought in combat in the Korean War".

DPAA spokeswoman Kristen Duus told NPR's Ailsa Chang, "We find remains very frequently that don't always have ID tags with them".

The process of identification could take years, according to experts.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) examined the remains at the air base.

The cases have been kept there since Friday, awaiting their repatriation to Hawaii for further forensic analysis. "There's no reason at this point to doubt that they do relate to Korean War losses". National anthems of the United States and South Korea were played, and the caskets were given a 21-gun salute by US riflemen. "And for all in attendance, this is a solemn reminder that our work is not complete until all have been accounted for, no matter how long it takes to do so".

After the ceremony, uniformed soldiers carefully deposited each case into a C-17 cargo plane.




"I don't have any comment on matters of intelligence", the official told reporters.

Hanwell Kaakimaka said the story he heard from his dad was that his uncle was injured and was being brought back from the front when Chinese troops overran the area and attacked the convoy.

Byrd said there was also a lot of military hardware, such as helmets, canteens and boots, included in the shipment.

A US defense official said Tuesday that it probably will take months if not years to fully determine individual identities from the remains.

"It's my duty to provide assurance for all countries in the world, Asia, including North Korea, that the safety in Indonesia is stable". But North Korea provided only a single military dog tag with the 55 boxes. Some could take several months while others could take years. In addition to obfuscating its number of nuclear warheads and missiles, U.S. intelligence reportedly indicated that the regime is trying to hide the type and numbers of its facilities, and prevent worldwide inspectors from taking a look at their developments.

Mr Trump had declared soon after his summit with Mr Kim in Singapore that North Korea no longer posed nuclear threats, but Pyongyang has offered no details on its plan to denuclearise and subsequent talks have not gone smoothly.

Instead, he spoke of committing to "work toward" eventual denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and importantly, did not make any commitment to unilaterally disarm.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said some remains could turn out to be those of missing from other nations.

The Trump administration has hailed the repatriation as a significant goodwill gesture even as efforts toward persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons have faltered.

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