About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. He said numerous remains appear to have come from a village associated with the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a harrowing fight against Chinese forces in late 1950 that claimed thousands of American lives.
The U.S. military flew the remains from Osan Air Base in South Korea after they had undergone an initial review.
Wit this happening on the same week the regime returned home, the remains of fallen American soldiers. One of the villages was Sin Hung-ri, which he said is on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir where U.S. Army soldiers fought a fierce battle in the fall of 1950 after Chinese forces entered the war.
More than 7,700 US troops remain unaccounted for from the Korea War.
A U.S. Marine stands at attention as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., August 1, 2018. Two members of that person's family have been notified, Kelly McKeague, the director of the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency, told reporters.
His comments came hours after Vice President Mike Pence presided over a ceremony in the state of Hawaii marking the repatriation of the 55 sets of remains to USA soil.
"There's no reason to doubt it could be Americans given the context", Byrd said.
The lab will begin by taking DNA samples from the remains and checking to see whether they match those of other remains in the inventory or those that family members of missing service members have provided.
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The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War.
Arriving in Singapore ahead of a security forum, Pompeo said that "we can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking" for when it comes to North Korea.
Investigators will also use dental records and chest x-rays to further analyze the remains for a possible identification.
Byrd cautioned that. "at this point, at least, there's no way to tell" how many more sets of remains the North Koreans might already have in their possession.
At his landmark summit with President Donald Trump in June, the North's leader Kim Jong Un signed up to a vague commitment to "denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" - a far cry from long-standing USA demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament.
The White House confirmed Trump had received a new letter from Kim but did not reveal its content.
The remains were formally repatriated Tuesday in Osan, South Korea to to the control of the United Nations before being transported to Hawaii, where the DPAA's identification laboratory is located. "I can say that the letters addressed their commitment from their joint statement that was made at the Singapore summit and they're going to continue working towards complete and total denuclearization".
At the summit, North Korea had agreed to eventually denuclearize in return for unspecified security guarantees from the U.S. -North Korean searches of battlefields and POW camp graveyards as occurred from 1996 to 2005. "We couldn't be sure how many individuals were in each box".