Trump receives new letter from Kim

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Friday Sept. 23 2016

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Friday Sept. 23 2016

The US president has said repeatedly that the deal he reached with Kim has been positive since North Korea has maintained a freeze on nuclear and missile tests and has begun returning US war dead remains.

Some have called the Korean War the "forgotten war".

Meanwhile, 38 North, a United States website monitoring the regime, said last month that satellite imagery pointed to the dismantlement of a missile engine testing site in line with Kim's verbal promise to Trump at the summit.

United States Vice President Mike Pence (L) pays respects, as a military honor guard carries the remains of american soldiers repatriated from North Korea during a repatriation ceremony at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1, 2018.

The U.S. ambassador also expressed skepticism regarding North Korea's dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and the missile site at Tongchang-ri.

Although President Donald Trump has publicly thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for fulfilling the promise he made at their June 12 Singapore summit to return American war remains, US officials had cautioned that little was known about the remains and that they could not be quickly identified.

Byrd cautioned that the 55 boxes did not necessarily equate to the remains of 55 individuals. McKeague said today that the North Koreans who provided the 55 boxes last week did not say whether they have others. He described the extensive efforts by the United States to identify those service members who remain missing as a "sacred obligation and moral imperative".

Results from the review indicate that the "remains are what North Korea said they were", John Byrd, director of analysis for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, told reporters at Osan. Much of that money was sent as reimbursement for the costs incurred during the recovery process, which for years involved North Korean officials accompanying American delegations as they traveled to war sites and obtained remains. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

"There are no costs associated with this particular repatriation", he said.

It's still unclear where the United States stands with North Korea. He said he "would go back in an instant if we were asked to". -North Korean searches of battlefields and POW camp graveyards as occurred from 1996 to 2005.

McKeague declined to reveal the name on the dog tag.

Despite such clues, the process of identifying the remains is onerous. The lab's Korean War team will then pursue any matches.

But Harris also said a declaration to the end of war is within the realm of possibility. If any chest bones are among the remains, the lab's analysts can check them against those records.

He said samples from the remains would be sent to the Armed Forces Identification Laboratories at Dover Air Force Base in DE to begin the DNA process.

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