Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Kim Jong Un invited to Asian Games in Indonesia

Kim Jong Un invited to Asian Games in Indonesia

The remains of foreign soldiers returned by North Korea last week are likely to be American, an official at the U.S. agency that deals with troops missing in action said Wednesday, as a USA military aircraft prepared to repatriate the cases to Hawaii.

A USA defense official said Tuesday that it probably will take months if not years to fully determine individual identities from the remains.

The U.S. military believes the bones are those of U.S. servicemen and potentially servicemen from other United Nations member countries who fought alongside the U.S. on behalf of South Korea during the war.

"Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience", Trump said in a tweet.

"The Korean people have enjoyed the most dignified life in the bosom of the DPRK for 70 years".

Some of the cringe-worthy Kim Jong-il paintings I saw in North Korea, not unlike the adulatory Trump propaganda portraits I've seen circulating lately.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) examined the remains at the air base. In that address, the North Korean leader was unequivocal about what was next, they say. On Wednesday, U.S. Consul General Angela Kerwin said Wednesday that no money was paid to North Korea for the remains.

"They are likely to be American remains", he said.

Intelligence collected by USA agencies showed, however, that senior North Korean officials have discussed plans to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles they possess, as well as the types and number of facilities, and to rebuff global inspectors, according to the Post. North Korea has steadfastly argued its nuclear weapons are meant to neutralize alleged US plans to attack it.

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Trump traveled to Singapore in June for a summit with Kim and, following the meeting, Trump announced that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat - despite a lack of evidence proving that the North Koreans would cease to continue its nuclear program.

Trump, who has faced criticism over the pace of progress since the June meeting, praised Kim for "keeping his word", and Vice President Mike Pence met families when the remains arrived back in the United States at a ceremony in Hawaii.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a tour of Asian capitals this week, in part to urge countries to keep the sanctions pressure on North Korea in order to push the denuclearization process along.

Meanwhile, a senior USA official on Monday said that USA spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the nation's first intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) capable of reaching the US.

Pompeo assured lawmakers that the United States was working toward finding a solution without easing its sanctions against North Korea, but also admitted during his testimony that it was "continuing to create fissile material".

The U.S. State Department has said it is committed to building a peace mechanism in place of the armistice when the North denuclearizes.

The agency identifies remains of servicemen killed in past conflicts.

"I don't think North Korea is refusing to give dog tags when it has more but it probably doesn't have dog tags lying around", he said.

North Korea got respect, trade, and weapons, and now they appear to be going on as if Singapore put no restrictions on them.

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