Trump receives letter from N.K. leader: White House
03 August, 2018, 15:39 | Author: Edward Snyder
"The ongoing correspondence between the two leaders is aimed at following up on their meeting in Singapore and advancing the commitments made in the US-DPRK joint statement", Sanders said.
The White House did not provide details on the specific content of the letter from Kim, received Wednesday, or of Trump's reply.
"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.
Trump said in that tweet to Kim: "I look forward to seeing you soon!"
"We have responded to Chairman Kim's letter - the president has - and that letter will be delivered shortly", Sanders told reporters.
"Today, they are known but to God", said Pence, whose father fought in the Korean War.
However, Air Force General John Hyten, who commands the US Strategic Command, pointed out that North Korea has not launched any missiles since November.
With little public sign of progress toward Trump's aim of Korean denuclearization, the White House said the letter followed up on the pair's June 12 summit.
Trump has pointed to North Korea's freeze on nuclear and missile tests and its agreement to return remains of Americans killed in the 1950-53 Korea War.
McKeague did not say whether the United States would continue reimbursing North Korea, should field operations in the country resume. Byrd said he couldn't say how long it would take to make a first identification or identify all of the remains.
The remains are being sent to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for forensic analysis in order to try to determine their identities.
While it's hoped that the repatriation will build momentum toward North Korea's nuclear disarmament, . many say the progress towards securing a firm commitment from Pyongyang has been slow.
Only one identification "dog tag" was delivered by the North Koreans, underscoring the long path ahead for US military efforts to identify the remains inside the 55 boxes presented by North Korea to the United States last week.
"But today is just a beginning, and our work will not be complete until all our fallen heroes are accounted for, and home", Pence said.
Military pallbearers carry the remains of US service members collected in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during Repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1 2018.
The remains handed over by North Korea last week in 55 boxes are "consistent with being Americans", based on an initial examination, although none has been positively identified, a US scientist who has seen the remains said today.
McKeague said he was "guardedly optimistic" that North Korea would agree to the return of more remains and also to joint recovery operations with the U.S.at former battlefields and prison camps.
This includes reimposing sanctions on Iran's purchases of USA dollars as well as its trade in gold and precious metals. Iranian officials have spoken out against US President Donald Trump's offer to meet Iran's leader.
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