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"Hope that those who are lost will yet be found. Hope that after so many years of questions, they will have closure".
North Korea's President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Young Nam meets with Puan Maharani, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, in this photo released July 31, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.
Kim handed over more than 55 boxes carrying remains of United States soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War on Friday. Many nations fought in the Korean War, but most of the cases are thought to contain USA troops.
More than 326,000 Americans fought alongside soldiers from South Korea as part of a United Nations coalition during the war to support the South against the Communist North.
He noted that Korea had been called the "Forgotten War". But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten.
"My dad, lieutenant Ed Pence fought in combat in the Korean War".
"For the warrior, this is a cherished duty, a commitment made to one another before going into battle, and passed on from one generation of warriors to the next", Vincent Brooks, chief of the US military in South Korea, said in a speech.
While the identification process of the remains could take anywhere form days to decades, Byrd said "there is no reason to doubt that they do relate to Korean War losses".
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Instead, he shifted the conversation by noting that the president did not "pay them for hacking", which he said was the real offense.
After the ceremony, uniformed soldiers carefully deposited each case into a C-17 cargo plane.
They cited unnamed U.S. officials who said spy satellites had spotted activity.
Deputy National Police chief Syafruddin, among the Indonesian delegation in Pyongyang, said Indonesia guaranteed security to all countries and contingents present at the Asian Games, including the government of North Korea.
The returned material also included military hardware and uniforms, including helmets, water bottles and boots, he said.
A USA defense official said Tuesday that it probably will take months if not years to fully determine individual identities from the remains.
"It´s once in a blue moon that dog tags are recovered", Jeong, now professor of forensic anthropology at the Middle Tennessee State University, told AFP.
The recovery efforts stalled for more than a decade because of a standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and a previous U.S. claim that security arrangements for its personnel working in the North were insufficient. But North Korea only provided one dog tag with the 55 boxes it handed over last week.
The agency uses mitochondrial DNA so often because it's durable and each sample has a large number of copies, making it an effective way to identify bones. Some could take several months while others could take years. Brooks also recently confirmed that North Korea's nuclear production capability was still intact. Mr Trump later said North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat". He did not make any commitment to unilaterally disarm.
"Pompeo shall gain nothing substantive other than North Korea's amenability to further talks about talks", he said.
A United States official noted to Reuters that this recent activity suggests North Korea may be looking to improve their missiles.