North Korea expected to begin transferring remains of USA troops soon


Kim's two-day visit to China came a week after his Singapore summit with the U.S. President, where he and Trump reaffirmed a commitment to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

When the USA recovered 208 cases of remains from the North Koreans in the 1990s, in what became known as the "K208 cases", scientists found that they were extensively commingled, with the remains of at least 400 service members inside.

Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started a year ago while North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands, officials said Thursday, citing diplomatic overtures from Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Un concluded a two-day whirlwind visit to China Wednesday, where he declared North Korea's unstinting "friendship" with Beijing in a show of loyalty to his main ally following a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump.

North Korea typically holds mass rallies to promote anti-U.S. sentiment and also releases new stamps on June 25 marking the beginning of "Struggle Against US Imperialism Month", which lasts until July 27. "The most geopolitically significant outcome of the summit was to set the U.S".

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The performance is part of a delicate balancing act for Kim, who analysts say is seeking to play U.S. and Chinese interests off each other while maintaining good relations with Beijing, his economic patron and diplomatic protector.

"They've already sent back or are in the process of sending back the remains of our great heroes who died in North Korea during the war".

That Kim met with both Secretary of State and President Trump, to whom he delivered a letter from the North Korean chairman.

Between 1990 and 2005, the United States was granted the repatriation of 229 sets of remains from the North under an earlier agreement that was subsequently suspended when ties between the two countries deteriorated.

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"Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons program and bring peace to the region", the letter read.

"He is making a pragmatic calculation that China can provide economic assistance to integrate North Korea diplomatically and economically into Northeast Asia".

He said South Korea expects the discussions in Beijing will help move forward the process of denuclearization.

"Presumably, if North Korea does destroy the Sohae facility, they are also signaling that they are willing to stop satellite/rocket launches this time around as well, a point that has derailed negotiations in the past and is a significant new development", she said.

North Korea announced ahead of the Singapore summit the suspension of its ICBM testing and also demolished its nuclear bomb test site.

Kim concluded his China visit late on Wednesday and departed Beijing for the DPRK.

More than 36,000 US troops died in the conflict, including those listed as missing in action.

The document used the acronym for North Korea's formal name. But he said the vast majority have yet to be located and retrieved from various cemeteries and battlefields across the countryside.

"It seems like the economy is one of its major areas of interest", he said, adding that Pyongyang appeared to be focusing its efforts on cooperating with China in a bid to bring about an end to the United Nations sanctions.