North Korea returns remains of US troops

Mar 2012
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Really was interesting to see.

North Korea has returned remains believed to be of 55 US troops killed during the Korean War, bringing renewed hope to families who have waited decades for closure.

The return of the remains, brought to a US base in South Korea, is the latest move in the cautious diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang. The repatriation was agreed at the June summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

It is hoped more will follow.

"It's hard to live your life not knowing what happened to your loved one," the daughter of one missing serviceman told the BBC ahead of Friday's news.

It is believed that 55 soldiers have been returned this time, but their remains will need to be forensically tested to ensure they are indeed slain US troops - and it's possible the identification process could take years. Nevertheless, Friday's repatriation will likely be seen as a concrete goodwill gesture after years of efforts by relatives and US authorities to retrieve the remains.



https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44976947
 
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Mar 2012
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#4
Why do I get the feeling that NK holds these remains to march them out during negotiations for good press.
I imagine they do. Although they have had them since the 1950s, they certainly had tons of opportunities to do so. I think Lil Kim is a bit of an egomaniac. He does it because it makes him look good. We have to make sure they really are the remains of US troops. He could be pulling a fast one.
 
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If we are getting remains of US GIs returned, that is a good thing.

The politics and the optics are secondary.

Closure for families is the important thing.
 
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Jul 2011
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Really was interesting to see.

North Korea has returned remains believed to be of 55 US troops killed during the Korean War, bringing renewed hope to families who have waited decades for closure.

The return of the remains, brought to a US base in South Korea, is the latest move in the cautious diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang. The repatriation was agreed at the June summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

It is hoped more will follow.

"It's hard to live your life not knowing what happened to your loved one," the daughter of one missing serviceman told the BBC ahead of Friday's news.

It is believed that 55 soldiers have been returned this time, but their remains will need to be forensically tested to ensure they are indeed slain US troops - and it's possible the identification process could take years. Nevertheless, Friday's repatriation will likely be seen as a concrete goodwill gesture after years of efforts by relatives and US authorities to retrieve the remains.



https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44976947
"Believed to be"...wait for some DNA testing.
 
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Southern Dad

Former Staff
Feb 2015
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Kim Jung Un wasn't even alive during the Korean Conflict. I seriously doubt that the North Koreans have had these boxes of US military remains in some storage locker ready to break out for good will. More likely, they were buried somewhere by some farmers or other residents in the area that didn't want to leave dead bodies on their land. Could it turn out that all the remains are not Americans? Sure. That doesn't indicate that North Korea is lying to us. We could have them send DNA samples first on all suspected remains, but that really isn't likely to be any better solution. If any of these turn out to be Koreans, then we send them back.

The Korean Conflict was from 1950 - 1953. That's a long time ago. I remain positive that North Korea turning over these remains is a good thing. I am hopeful that they will look for more previously unidentified remains to return.