US moves 100 coffins to inter-Korean border for war remains

Pauline Gross
June 23, 2018

Trump, who has been leading an worldwide drive to press North Korea to abandon development of nuclear missiles capable of reaching the United States, told reporters after the June 12 summit that Kim had pledged to dismantle one of his missile installations. Its nuclear program has many other elements, including nuclear materials production facilities, nuclear warheads, ballistic missiles and missile launchers. "Well in the meantime we got our hostages back, we get the remains back of our great heroes that have died - the big thing is the denuclearization".

Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started previous year when North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands, officials said yesterday, citing diplomatic overtures from Pyongyang. "Saying the North Korea problem is solved doesn't make it so".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "will be meeting with them and talking with them at the earliest possible date" to implement what was agreed in Singapore, spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters, without providing further details.

Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said that all US sanctions will remain in force for now. The hostility stems from the 1950s war fought between communist-backed North Korea and USA -backed South Korea, and has persisted throughout successive us administrations.

US President Donald Trump on Friday extended the national emergency against North Korea by another year, asserting that the reclusive nation continued to pose an "unusual and extraordinary" threat to the US' national security, foreign policy and economy.

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Following the summit, Trump said sanctions would remain in place pending tangible progress on North Korea's denuclearization. US officials, however, have cautioned that such actions are reversible.

Richard Downes, whose father went missing in the Korean War and is president of the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs, was optimistic the Trump-Kim summit would lead to the return of more remains.

North Korea is estimated to have between 20 and 60 nuclear warheads, numerous ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) that can potentially strike the US mainland, and 40 to 100 clandestine weapons labs and facilities, according a RAND Corporation report.

The order appears to undermine the president's claim.

And while Trump continues to celebrate that North Korea has "stopped everything you'd want them to stop", Kim has not apparently taken such concrete steps to do so - and much will likely depend on negotiations going forward.

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