Trump receives letter from N.K. leader: White House
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 03, 2018,
Aug 03, 2018, 5:39
Trump has said repeatedly the deal he reached with Kim has been positive since North Korea has maintained a freeze on nuclear and missile tests and has begun returning US war dead remains. Much of that money was sent as reimbursement for the costs incurred during the recovery process, which for years involved North Korean officials accompanying American delegations as they traveled to war sites and obtained remains.
That process will also determine if each box contains the remains of more than one individual.
"I think for the denuclearization to happen, we need to see the move and I haven't seen that yet".
It also reported that North Korean officials have discussed how they plan to deceive the United States about the size of their arsenal of missiles and nuclear warheads and facilities.
He said numerous recovered remains likely belonged to U.S. Army soldiers who fought in the November, 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir - 1,024 Americans are still missing from that battle.
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.
The service member's family has been notified and will receive the dog tag at a previously scheduled conference being held in Arlington, Virginia next week for Korean War and Cold War families to receive updates on their loved ones. The remains will immediately be subjected to DNA testing to see if they match DNA in the DPAA's database.
The White House said on Thursday that US President Donald Trump received a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un following up on their Singapore summit. "I mean it really is a fulfillment of the pledge that Chairman Kim made to President Trump in Singapore", he said.
"I spoke to the president shortly after the ceremony, and I told him I'm not sure he's given me a greater honor", Pence said.
About 7,700 American service members are missing from the battlefields of the Korean War, including some 5,300 believed to have died north of the 38th parallel in what is now North Korea. Critics say the summit has so far failed to deliver on promised steps toward denuclearisation by Pyongyang.
Sanders also reaffirmed the U.S's firm commitment on the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, .
McKeague did not say whether the United States would continue reimbursing North Korea, should field operations in the country resume.
"I would go back in an instant if we were asked to", said Byrd who participated in numerous earlier search missions.