USA says remains returned by North Korea likely American

Hannah Rogers
August 2, 2018

USA spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.

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

These remains are presumed to be American, but many other nations fought in the Korean War, and it's possible the remains may come from one of those nations.

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Once it became official Friday, Korean time, that North Korea had returned the soldiers' remains, Trump reiterated that North kept its promise and underlined the fact that no monetary rewards were exchanged. 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.

Some of the cringe-worthy Kim Jong-il paintings I saw in North Korea, not unlike the adulatory Trump propaganda portraits I've seen circulating lately.

Ahn Ik-san, the general leading the North Korean delegation at the military talks, noted South Korean news reports suggesting that he might try to persuade the South to push for a joint declaration with the U.S. to formally end the war.

The boxes will be held at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where officials will conduct further DNA testing to identify the remains. The officials who spoke to the Post said the evidence doesn't show that North Korea is growing its nuclear potential, but that it is still working on constructing modern weapons.

Trump made his remarks after the North Korea-focused 38 North website released recent satellite imagery that seems to show dismantlement underway at Sohae.

Vice President Pence will take part in an Honorable Carry Ceremony for the remains when they arrive on Wednesday.

Presumed US war remains repatriated in ceremony at South Korea base
Indeed, the commitments regarding its nuclear weapons program were so vague as to be nearly meaningless, in my view. Any work by North Korea on new missiles suggests an expansion of its nuclear capabilities, I would have thought.

"The family of that individual has been notified", he said, though he cautioned that the tag is not necessarily associated with the remains in the box.

"The remains are consistent with remains we have recovered in North the past", Byrd told reporters at the Osan US Air Base in South Korea.

A U.S. official noted to Reuters that this recent activity suggests North Korea may be looking to improve their missiles.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed during his meeting with Trump to "work toward" the "denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

On Monday, a senior USA official told Reuters that United States spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US.

After his summit with Kim in Singapore, Trump acknowledged that his trade disputes could discourage Chinese President Xi Jinping's cooperation, saying "the border is more open than it was when we first started".

He said he also appreciated Indonesia's ongoing support for peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula.

More than 35,000 Americans were killed on the Korean peninsula during the 1950-1953 war, with 7,700 of these United States troops still listed as missing in action - majority in North Korea.

The US has repeatedly rejected worldwide calls for sanctions relief on North Korea. About 5,300 were believed to be on North Korean soil.

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