WATCH: US welcomes home possible 'forgotten war' remains
03 August, 2018, 18:13
Flag draped transfer cases with the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea are seen during a repatriation ceremony after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1, 2018.
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"Everything we saw was consistent with these remains, indeed, being from the Korean War, and consistent with these remains being good candidates to be missing Americans from the Korean War", said Byrd.
On Monday, a senior US official said USA spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.
A cursory examination at Wonsan confirmed that the remains were human, he said, and a closer look at Osan gave reason to believe they likely are Americans.
Byrd said the process to fully identify the remains, now more than 60 years old, could take anywhere from days to decades.
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"Today, they are known but to God", said Pence, whose father fought in the Korean War.
Byrd said he would not venture a guess at how many individuals are represented by the bones contained in the 55 boxes.
China is North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic supporter and fought for the North in the 1950-53 Korean War against the US -led United Nations forces that backed South Korea.
When the North Koreans turned over the 55 boxes to Byrd and other US officials at Wonsan on July 27, they said the cases contained remains of an undetermined number of Americans, but the only identification item provided was a single military dog tag, Byrd said.
The service member's family has been notified and will receive the dog tag at a previously scheduled conference being held in Arlington, Virginia next week for Korean War and Cold War families to receive updates on their loved ones.
He said numerous recovered remains likely belonged to U.S. Army soldiers who fought in the November, 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir - 1,024 Americans are still missing from that battle.
Trump mentioned the letter in a tweet earlier Thursday as he thanked Kim for returning the remains of presumed American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post also reported that USA intelligence officials suspect that North Korea is continuing to build new missiles in the same research facility where it used to manufacture ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US.
McKeague said he was "guardedly optimistic" that the repatriation would be the "first step of others to account for our missing from the Korean War". He said the U.S.is prepared to discuss arrangements for future U.S. -North Korean searches of battlefields and POW camp graveyards as occurred from 1996 to 2005.
"Where we have matches - compelling matches with DNA, we will get a very strong lead and be able to pursue identifications quickly", said Byrd.
The forensics work in some cases is aided by records of chest X-rays that US soldiers commonly were given upon entering the military, as well as dental records.
Investigators will also use dental records and chest x-rays to further analyze the remains for a possible identification. He was identified from remains recovered by a joint U.S.
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