US to send caskets to NKorea to return war remains

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About 7,700 US military personnel still remain unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War, US military data show. With Xi standing behind him, Kim could also believe that he would have a stronger negotiating position vis-a-vis the US.

A more effective way of repatriating remains is to have a joint mission between USA researchers and the North Korean military, Downes said.

Many observers were disappointed that the short statement of intent signed by the two leaders was not more clear on the definition of denuclearization, fearing Kim plans to keep his hard-won deterrent.

The summit pledge was followed by the USA military's postponement of major joint exercises with its ally South Korea following a pledge by Trump to halt the drills which have aroused repeated anger in the North.

USA officials have said earlier that the remains are believed to be some or all of the more than 200 that the North Koreans have had for some time.

The backdoor could open further as the United States and the North proceed with denuclearization talks. North Korea had long sought an end to the war games. We want to have a constructive relationship with the government of China.

A bigger cause for concern is that Trump, who now seems to have a two-track approach - military and economic - toward what he had called "maximum pressure", may ease his position on economic sanctions, too.

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The move came after the two countries had previously announced the shelving of the large-scale Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises slated for August, making good on a pledge by Trump during his summit. "We advise the USA side to return to reason, and stop words and actions that harm itself and others".

Friday's decision followed a high-level meeting between Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Given Trump's unpredictability and abruptness, no one can guarantee that he will not seek to ease sanctions for unconvincing reasons.

United Nations honor guards carry a coffin containing the remains of the American soldiers after it was returned from North Korea at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea.

As experts highlighted, it should be noted that Kim never mentioned CVID, only repeating a "phased, synchronized" approach toward denuclearization.

The US military has sent 100 wooden caskets to the border of North Korea in preparation for the repatriation of the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War.

Dismantling the core elements of maximum pressure is something that should be done only after - or simultaneously at least - with the dismantlement of the North's nuclear capability.