Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

US, North Korea Meet to Discuss Korean War Remains

US, North Korea Meet to Discuss Korean War Remains

Singapore was the host of a historic summit between Trump and Kim last month when they agreed to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, without describing when and how it would occur.

Sunday's meeting, if held, would be the first talks between the UNC and the North's military in nine years and four months. Earlier, three U.S. Forces Korea vehicles arrived at the Tongil Bridge near the border around 8:20 a.m. before putting United Nations flags on them and heading to Panmunjom.

North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of making "gangster-like" demands in the talks in North Korea, contradicting Pompeo who said the old enemies had made progress. Picture taken on April 18, 2018.

The two Koreas will form joint teams for the tournament, which will be held from Tuesday to Sunday in Daejeon, south of Seoul.

North Korea and the United States conducted joint operations to recover the remains of US soldiers from 1996 to 2005 but their relations soured as Pyongyang accelerated its nuclear programme.

South Korean officials have said players from the two Koreas may compete in combined teams in some events as a goodwill gesture. In 2013, the North severed its hotline with the UNC, declaring the armistice that ended the Korean War null and void.

The North's proposal of talks with the UNC, even though the UNC is led by the USA, was seen as an attempt to use the meeting not only to discuss the repatriation of war remains but also other issues, such as a proposal to jointly declare an end to the Korean War.

Trump later said North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat, even though no details were announced, and critics suggested the president had failed to secure any new commitments from Pyongyang toward the dismantling of its nuclear missile program.

He later said he had made progress on setting a timeline for North Korea's denuclearisation.

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