Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans': U.S. scientist

Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans': U.S. scientist

The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War.

At his landmark summit with President Donald Trump in June, the North's leader Kim Jong Un signed up to a vague commitment to "denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" - a far cry from long-standing United States demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament. "But we'll see what happens", Trump said. Today, our boys are coming home. The United States formally welcomed home the remains at a ceremony on Aug 1. U.S. Marines also fought in the famous battle, but mainly along the reservoir's western side.

Results from the review indicate that the "remains are what North Korea said they were", John Byrd, director of analysis for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, told reporters at Osan.

"We have remains that look to have been in a state of preservation consistent with coming from the Korean War era", he said, and materials provided with the remains included USA -issued military equipment such as canteens and buttons. He declined to disclose the name on the tag but said two family members had been notified and are expected to be in the Washington, D.C., area next week with family groups for a detailed briefing from DPAA on the next steps in identifying the remains. US officials say they have already contacted the family of a service member whose dog tag was returned.

His comments came hours after Vice President Mike Pence presided over a ceremony in the state of Hawaii marking the repatriation of the 55 sets of remains to US soil.

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Investigators will also use dental records and chest x-rays to further analyze the remains for a possible identification.

Byrd said the 55 transfer cases brought by two Air Force C-17s to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii could represent more than 55 individuals, due to remains possibly being mixed. 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. "I mean it really is a fulfillment of the pledge that Chairman Kim made to President Trump in Singapore", he said. Byrd said he couldn't say how long it would take to make a first identification or identify all of the remains.

But there are still concerns about North Korea's other agreements made at the summit, namely North Korea's commitment to denculearize.

The North Koreans provided enough specifics about where each suspected body was found that US officials have matched them to specific battles fought from 1950 to 1951, although not necessarily individuals, he said.

A US defense official told VOA North Korea has provided nearly no information to help identify the individuals, and that the process could take months or years to complete.

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