US, North Korea to resume search for remains from Korean War

Elias Hubbard
July 16, 2018

Also Monday, the United States and North were reportedly scheduled to hold working-level talks to hash out details about their agreement to return the remains of American troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

The North proposed to move the meeting to Sunday.

The repatriation of USA service members" remains was among the agreements reached during a historical summit in June between President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he "disrespected" Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack "ain't ever going to happen' MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Pentagon has said North Korean officials have indicated in the past they have the remains of as many as 200 US troops.

Looking back on the coverage of his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, President Trump started a four-part tweetstorm, decrying he is in a non-win situation.

In a statement, Pompeo said the meeting was "productive and co-operative and resulted in firm commitments".

The repatriation of the soldiers' remains could take longer than expected due to challenges facing the search effort.

Pompeo has insisted that a raft of tough economic sanctions imposed on North Korea would remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearization" occurs.

The message was delivered in a state media article published by Arirang-Meari, which criticized USA intelligence and American media outlets for creating the public opinion that the DPRK was expanding its WMD facilities and had no intention to abandon its nuclear weapons.

In his latest remarks about Kim, Trump called him "very smart" and a "great personality" who was a "tough, good negotiator", adding he got "along with him great", in an interview with the United Kingdom publication Daily Mail published Saturday.

Pressed on criticism that he elevated a "ruthless dictator" on the global stage by agreeing to meet with him, he acknowledged that Kim was "ruthless, but so are others". If that approach doesn't work with Kim, then it's pretty safe to say nothing will - and we haven't lost anything with this strategy even if that's the case. "I mean plenty of the people that I deal with are pretty ruthless people", he noted.

"Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions, I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-US relations will bring our next meeting forward", the North Korean leader concluded.

Just hours after Pompeo left Pyongyang on July 7, the North said it offered to discuss declaring a formal end to the Korean War, but the US side showed little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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