Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

North Korea said to be working on new missiles

North Korea said to be working on new missiles

Members of the U.S. military carried 55 boxes draped with American flags off C-17 aircraft and into a hangar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The remains within each box may not be those of a single person and are likely fragments of bones, said Paul Cole, an expert on recovery of soldiers missing in action and prisoners of war, who worked as a visiting scientific fellow at Hawaii's Central Identification Laboratory where the boxes will land. The war killed millions, including 36,000 American soldiers.

The Pentagon said last week it was considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea to search for additional remains.

The Trump Administration has lauded Pyongyang's return of fallen servicemen as a successful outcome of the summit, at which a four-point agreement was reached between the two leaders.

"We see today as tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula", Pence said at the ceremony.

"But today is just the beginning", he continued. "And for all in attendance, this is a solemn reminder that our work is not complete until all have been accounted for, no matter how long it takes to do so". "We will see to it in the days ahead that these heroes lead the way to many more homecomings in the future".

However, the cases only include one dog tag, so the identifying process could be hard and may take yeas to complete.

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.

Why are USA remains in North Korea?

The returned material also included military hardware and uniforms, including helmets, water bottles and boots, he said.

More than 35,000 Americans were killed on the Korean Peninsula during the war and around 7,700 of them are still considered missing, including 5,300 in North Korea alone. The Diplomat earlier this month had exclusively revealed North Korea's covert uranium enrichment site of Kangson, also on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

The meeting also saw officials discussing matters involving relations between North and South Korea, as well as regional issues.

Hanwell Kaakimaka's uncle, John Kaakimaka, is among those who never came home.

"Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war but today we prove these heroes were never forgotten". "This should hasten identifications quite a bit".

In exchange for returning the U.S. war dead, North Korea may demand that the United States agree on a declaration to end the Korean War as a USA security guarantee. Can you talk about what conditions would make it even more challenging to identify some of these remains?

The Sanumdong factory produced two Hwasong-15 ICBMs, North Korea's longest-range missiles, but the USA official noted that Pyongyang still had not tested a reliable re-entry vehicle capable of surviving a high-velocity trip through the Earth's atmosphere and delivering a nuclear warhead. In June, Trump insisted that Pyongyang should start the process "very quickly" and that "a lot of people" would be sent to North Korea to verify it.

USA soldiers salute during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of U.S. soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

It is thought North Korea has about 200 sets of remains collected already.

The repatriation is a breakthrough in a long-stalled United States effort to obtain war remains from North Korea. It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme.

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