Trump shares letter from Kim, touts progress in talks

Trump shares letter from Kim, touts progress in talks

Trump shares letter from Kim, touts progress in talks

North Korea has agreed to hand over as many as 55 sets of remains believed to be from American troops killed in the 1950-53 war, and to allow the United States to fly them out of the country next week, a USA official said Tuesday.

While U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently arranged working-level talks to handle the issue, the North Korean side elevated the dialogue to involve military generals.

North Korea and the US -led United Nations Command (UNC) held general-level talks on Sunday at the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjeom for two hours from 10 a.m.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Minihan, chief of staff for the United Nations Command, led the U.S. delegation, while North Korea sent a group helmed by a two-star general, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

It's unclear how the North Koreans could be certain of the nationalities, although they have in the past included dog tags. Pompeo had flown to North Korea to gather the three men and escorted them home on a plane back to the U.S.

As the talks between the DPRK and USA continue, a new effort has been started to locate the remains of USA soldiers killed in action during the Korean War.

The repatriation of the soldiers' remains could take longer than expected due to challenges facing the search effort. North Korea then proposed meeting U.S. military officials on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials have said. More than 36,500 US troops died in the conflict. The United States and North Korea have repatriated hundreds of remains since the 1990s, but the process has been fraught with difficulties and mistrust.

There were no reports from the North Korean side about the meeting. Even without a timetable for the process of nuclear dismantlement, Seoul and Pyongyang are rushing to end the armistice and establish a peace regimen by the end of the year. Eight female and eight male athletes from North Korea - including Kim Song I, a bronze medalist at women's singles at the 2016 Rio Summer Games - will form the joint teams with the South's players, Yonhap said.

The North did not show up at the border on Thursday but contacted the US on the same day to offer to meet on Sunday, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said last week, adding "We will be ready".

"One can only speculate on why it happening now - but it seems that after the political situation surrounding North Korea calmed down, Kim switched his attention from diplomacy to the economy and the on-the-spot guidance - and he is not pleased".

The Pentagon says Pyongyang has indicated several times they have as many as 200 sets of remains that could be those of U.S. soldiers who died in the war.

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