The remains returned to US soil are part of a deal struck between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to visit OH to campaign in special House election CNN's Acosta: I'm anxious Trump's rhetoric toward media "will result in somebody getting hurt" Trump shares son's tweet backing supporters chanting "CNN sucks" MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
So we got our hostages back, but they've blown up one of their sites, one of their testing sites, their primary testing site, in fact some people say their only testing site, they are getting rid of a missile, which isn't in the document, that was done afterwards, they're getting rid of a missile testing site - they're doing so much now.
The remains were then moved in gray vans to an airfield where US and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into transport planes.
All Americans welcome the return of remains from the Korean War.
An initial field forensic review indicated the "remains are what North Korea said they were", said John Byrd, a senior military official, at an air base in South Korea before the remains were flown to Hawaii.
The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear program. The new US military intelligence assessment was first reported on Monday by the Washington Post.
The U.S. military believes the bones are those of U.S. servicemen and potentially servicemen from other United Nations member countries who fought alongside the U.S. on behalf of South Korea during the war.
The department left open the possibility that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could meet North Korean officials during meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc in Singapore this weekend.
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The repatriation brings renewed hope to families who have waited decades for closure, although the full identification process could take years.
"Again, this is just a great first step in building some confidence and building a relationship".
A USA defense official said Tuesday that it probably will take months if not years to fully determine individual identities from the remains.
The meeting, their second since last month, held in the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), was created to follow on from an inter-Korean summit in April in which the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to defuse tensions and halt "all hostile acts".
The lack of progress has been a source of concern for many observers, especially as worldwide sanctions are beginning to ease and news reports indicate that North Korea is continuing its nuclear and ballistic programs. In the past, North Korea turned over commingled remains.
North Korea provided enough information about where the bodies were found to allow US officials to match them to battles fought in 1950 and 1951, Byrd said.
Kim handed over more than 55 boxes carrying remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War on Friday. "Welcome home", Pence said. But North Korea provided only a single military dog tag with the 55 boxes.
The findings are the latest to suggest ongoing activity in North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities despite arms talks with the United States and a recent summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. But many foreign experts say those were not enough to prove it's serious about its disarmament commitment, saying the North must first submit a list of nuclear assets to be dismantled.
The Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.
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Nurses have warned that some hospital wards have reached more than 30C, leading to patients and relatives passing out or vomiting. Official advice states: " Heatwaves can be risky , especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease".