Rep. Gabbard Attends Ceremony Honoring Return of Servicemen Remains
04 August, 2018, 11:58 | Author: Edward Snyder
The boxes are believed to hold the remains of servicemen from the US and other United Nations member countries who fought to support South Korea during the war.
Vice President Mike Pence, the son of a Korean War veteran, is to fly to Hawaii for what the military calls an "honorable carry ceremony" marking the arrival of the remains on American soil. Some experts say South Korea can't agree on any drastic measures to reduce animosity unless the North takes serious nuclear disarmament steps.
If the United States is unwilling to replace the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War with a permanent peace that would ensure the survival of Kim's regime, Pyongyang will likely not proceed further with denuclearization talks, the source said.
The pledge to return the remains of U.S. soldiers was made during a landmark summit between the leaders in June in Singapore, where North Korea committed to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
The Washington Postreported Monday that us intelligence agencies have obtained evidence that indicates North Korea is building new long-range missiles despite ongoing disarmament talks with the United States. "Very meaningful." Around 629 sets of remains have returned home so far since 1990, according to United Nations Command.
A USA military aircraft left North Korea last week carrying 55 boxes handed over by Kim Jong Un's regime that are believed to contain the remains of US service members.
The remains were then moved in grey vans to an airfield where US and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into transport planes.
Intercontinental ballistic missiles are seen at a grand military parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 9, 2018. "Hope that those who are lost will yet be found. Hope that after so many years of questions, they will have closure". That could then allow the North to demand the pullout of 28,500 USA troops deployed in South Korea.
Identifying the remains will be a challenge.
The department left open the possibility that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could meet North Korean officials during meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc in Singapore this weekend. Other items on their joint memorandum, such as a pledge to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", remain unaddressed.
The cases were examined by American experts who concluded they were likely to be American, and likely Korean War combatants. But many experts say those are neither irrevocable nor serious steps that could show the country is honest about denuclearization. Trump declared soon after the summit that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat.
The vice president spoke for a few minutes before the ceremony began, calling it "tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula". President Donald Trump has touted the return of the remains as an important step in attempts to improve ties with North Korea.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said Tuesday that reports of missile engine test facility dismantlement in North Korea are "entirely consistent" with the commitment Kim made to Trump in Singapore, and the U.S. has pushed for inspectors to be present.
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