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North Korea has returned 55 boxes believed to contain the remains of USA troops killed during the Korean War, but included just one military identification tag, U.S. officials say.

U.S. soldiers salute during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of United States soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Some of the remains may prove not to be American, but may instead belong to service members from other allied countries who participated in the war against North Korea and China.

The process of finding and repatriating their remains has always been hampered by North Korea's reluctance to allow US military investigators unrestricted access to battle sites, and to wring as much political capital and money out of the process of returning the remains.

"Until the ink is dry on an agreement it's unrealistic to expect the DPRK to stop its programs", Wit wrote on Twitter on Monday, using the acronym for North Korea's formal name.

More than 7,700 United States troops remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Kim Jong-un agreed to "denuclearise" North Korea.

Initial forensic analysis suggested the remains were likely to be of American servicemen, the USA military said. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

More than 7,700 USA troops remain unaccounted for from the Korea War.

"We've been watching the news, and we've been hopeful that my uncle is among the remains", he said, adding that it could bring his family some closure.


North Korea handed over the 55 cases on July 27, when an Air Force C-17 flew to an airbase near Wonsan on North Korea's east coast and returned with the remains to Osan.

North Korea is continuing to build new missiles, according to USA officials cited by the Washington Post. Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea unilaterally handed over 208 caskets to the US, which turned out to contain remains of far more than 208 individuals, although forensics specialists thus far have established 181 identities. In addition to obfuscating its number of nuclear warheads and missiles, USA intelligence reportedly indicated that the regime is trying to hide the type and numbers of its facilities, and prevent global inspectors from taking a look at their developments.

United Nations Command honor guards inspect caskets containing the remains of US soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea before a repatriation ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during their first meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official party newspaper, accused Seoul of "wasting time" waiting for sanctions to be lifted only after denuclearization is completed, without "taking a single action" on its own.

Friday's transfer of the remains coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and US -led forces under the U.N. Command.

US spy agencies say new satellite images indicate that North Korea is making missiles at the same factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

The one that went really well and totally saved the world and all that?

In recent months, United States agencies have raised their estimates of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal.


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