Remains of USA soldiers killed in Korean War arrive at Pearl Harbor

Saul Bowman
August 4, 2018

The purported remains of Americans who died in the Korean War arrived in Hawaii on Wednesday, escorted in a solemn ceremony onto US soil 65 years after the conflict ended.

When North Korea delivered the remains to members of the United Nations Command in Korea on Jul. 27, the coffins were wrapped in UN flags, Efe reported.

Indonesia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Jakarta in August, following a similar invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, officials said.

"But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten". The laboratory uses forensic anthropology, odontology, DNA and other scientific methods to identify remains.

However, identifying the remains could take years to accomplish, and in previous instances, North Korea reportedly turned over the remains of animal bones, according to Daily Mail report published in June that cited the memoirs of a North Korean diplomat who fled to South Korea in 2016. They set the caskets gently on risers lined up inside the hangar as Mr Pence stood watching with his hand over his heart.

In April, the leaders of North and South Korea met and agreed to work toward a permanent peace treaty that would end the war.

The Kaakimaka family provided DNA samples to the USA military's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency over a decade ago, hoping officials would be able to make a match.

When North Korea handed over 55 boxes of bones it claimed are the remains of America's soldiers, it provided only one military dog tag and no other information to help US forensic analysts to determine identities.

The remains were then moved in grey vans to an airfield where United States and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into transport planes.

"What's more, a liquid-fueled ICBM doesn't pose nearly the threat that a solid-fueled one would because they take so long to fuel, and that's something we almost certainly could see in time to abort a launch, given our assets in the vicinity".

More than 7,700 USA troops remain unaccounted for from the Korea War.

"This is a great first step in terms of bringing all Americans home", said Rear Admiral Jon Kreitz, the deputy director of the DPAA.

During the Singapore meeting, Kim also committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while Trump promised to provide him with security assurances. In a joint statement during their summit, Kim and Trump pledged to "commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified". "They appear to be remains from the Korean War".

The senior State Department official, speaking to reporters to preview a trip by Pompeo to Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia this week, declined to comment when asked whether Pompeo would meet North Korean officials while in Singapore for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this weekend.

Trump asserted last week that his administration's plan to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons is "going very well".

The Pentagon said it was "absolutely" considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea for this goal.

The vice president spoke for a few minutes before the ceremony began, calling it "tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula".

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