Dutch Korean war veterans urge Rutte to bring back five dead soldiers

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So far, the remains have not been confirmed as those of American service members.

More than 400 caskets of remains found in North Korea were returned to the United States between the 1990s and 2005, with the bodies of some 330 other Americans also accounted for, according to the DPAA. USA intelligence agencies in recent months increased their estimates of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal, taking into account enriched uranium from at least one secret enrichment site.

Mattis said it was a "good question" as to why 55 sets of remains are coming home.

At the time, he declined to say whether Pyongyang was building new missiles.

The remains will be examined at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and experts there will be responsible for identifying the remains.

Kim handed over more than 55 boxes carrying remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War on Friday.

The identification process does not prove the bones belong to one person, but rather that they could not belong to anybody else, Cole said.

"In Singapore I never heard the words: we will unilaterally disarm", Narang said.

"For the warrior, this is a cherished duty, a commitment made to one another before going into battle, and passed on from one generation of warriors to the next", Vincent Brooks, chief of the US military in South Korea, said in a speech.

It is unclear how the USA has already determined they are likely to be American. "We have lots of work to do". He said this was an global effort to bring closure for families.

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US Vice President Mike Pence will attend the arrival of the boxes in Hawaii.

Mr Pompeo said last week that North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs.

The construction of new missiles comes after US President Donald Trump declared the isolated state was "no longer a nuclear threat" following a historic summit last month. Trump tweeted his thanks to Kim after the remains arrived in South Korea. Many families who are awaiting the return of their loved ones from the Korean War have already submitted DNA samples to the agency to help in the identification process.

Efforts to recover remains in North Korea have been fraught with political and other obstacles since the war's end. About 33,000 coalition troops remain unaccounted for.

"UNC is taking great responsibility to ensure remains from the Korean War are being handled with dignity and are properly accounted for so their families may receive them in an honorable manner", it added. North Korea has nearly certainly not sent back anything close to 200 bodies.

The remains were first flown from the North Korean city of Wonsan last Friday, on the 65th anniversary of the armistice, and were greeted at Osan Air Base by hundreds of USA service personnel and their families. In addition, a series of U.S.

The remains are believed to belong to servicemen from the US and other United Nations member countries who fought alongside the USA during the Korean War.

The Trump administration has hailed the repatriation as a significant goodwill gesture even as efforts toward persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons have faltered.

Citing unnamed officials familiar with the intelligence, the U.S. daily said that newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, suggests that North Koreans were working on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong on the outskirts of Pyongyang. It's not clear whether negotiations for such an arrangement are under way.

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