N.Korea to Return Remains of 55 Fallen U.S. Soldiers

20 July, 2018, 05:13 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Republic of Korea Army soldiers stand resolute at the iconic Joint Security Area where South and North Korean soldiers stand face to face across the Korean Demilitarized Zone Panmunjom South Korea

Sanders said Trump and Putin made clear that they discussed election meddling. The president echoed his own statement to reporters from a day before, when he said that "we have no time limit [on denuclearization]".

"What was supposed to be the easiest item on the United States-North Korea negotiations agenda - the return of Korean War soldiers' remains - is proving to be yet another sticking point", said Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Russian Federation has agreed to help the US negotiate with North Korea, President Donald Trump said Wednesday ― the same day a summit between Moscow and Pyongyang was announced.

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As recently as July 1, John Bolton, the president's national security adviser, had stated that the U.S. was working to a one-year timetable for scrapping North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Following the meeting, he said the process would start "very quickly".

After Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang this month for talks to seek progress, North Korea complained that the United States was making "gangster-like" demands for rapid denuclearisation.

Trump noted Wednesday that there is "no rush" and that sanctions against the regime are still in place.

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"These sales and any other transfer must immediately stop since the United States believes the DPRK has breached the. refined petroleum products quota for 2018", the United States said.

The South Korean government said Thursday that it is investigating reports that Chinese companies illicitly shipped 9,000 tons of North Korean coal through South Korea a year ago.

The United States provided a list to the Security Council committee last week of 89 illicit North Korean transactions and a few select photos, seen by Reuters. Numerous more than 55 sets of remains are in different locations and it will take time for authorities in Pyongyang to collect and verify them. "That's the commitment", Pompeo said, adding that the issue was very important for the families involved.

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"It is inevitable that it will take some time, but I think there was a misunderstanding with the United States that North Korea is ready and prepared to return the remains at any time", said Cheong with the Sejong Institute.



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