US expects N. Korea to uphold N-arms promise

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur

"Today, [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] is fulfilling part of the commitment he made to the president to return our fallen American service members", the White House said in a statement last week. I just think that we are now we are going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea, and I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately, and he's already indicated that and you look at what he's done.

On Wednesday 55 cases of what are believed to be the remains of Americans who were killed or captured during the Korean War were transported to a military base in Hawaii, after they were handed over to U.S. officials who had traveled to North Korea last week.

What is expected to be an exhaustive analysis and identification process will soon begin.

United States vice president Mike Pence spoke at a ceremony before the flag-draped containers carrying the remains were taken off planes in sets of four. "But we do know they are heroes, all", Pence said.

7,699 Americans are still listed as missing from the Korean War.

The intelligence finding draws a sharp contrast with Trump's proclamation after his summit meeting with Kim in Singapore that North Korea was "no longer a Nuclear Threat". While it was an apparent goodwill gesture by North Korea toward the United States, the return comes amid growing skepticism about whether the North will follow through on its pledge of nuclear disarmament.

According to a report by Associated Press, there are 7,699 USA service members listed as unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War, of which about 5,300 are believed to have died on the North Korean soil.

Trump administration: North Korea missile moves don't undermine peace push
Sohae has been the main site for North Korea's satellite launches since 2012. It's not clear whether negotiations for such an arrangement are under way.

The Sanumdong factory produced two Hwasong-15 ICBMs, North Korea's longest-range missiles, but the U.S. official noted that Pyongyang still had not tested a reliable re-entry vehicle capable of surviving a high-velocity trip through the Earth's atmosphere and delivering a nuclear warhead.

Trump's conciliatory tone stands in stark contrast to his rhetoric just a year ago, when he referred to the North Korean leader as a "little rocket man" in response to Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile tests. A number of U.S. war dead are believed to be buried in mass graves in North Korea, not far from the border with the South.

That was the case with US negotiations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and more recently with Iran, "which continued to build more centrifuges capable of producing nuclear material even as it negotiated with the United States to limit those capabilities", Wit said. "We are encouraged by North Korea's actions and the momentum for positive change".

The U.S. -led United Nations Command planned a formal repatriation ceremony Wednesday at Osan, where the remains have been examined and catalogued by DPAA.

Kim Jong Un committed to try to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" during the summit in Singapore, but he agreed to no specific measures or timelines. Some of the North's ballistic missiles, including a submarine-launched variant, arealready used in solid-fuel motors.

In his remarks earlier in the event, Davidson said the honorable carry ceremony was a "tribute to fallen warriors more than 65 years after they stepped into battle".

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