Satellite Images Suggest North Korea Is Up To Something Once Again

  • Satellite Images Suggest North Korea Is Up To Something Once Again

Satellite Images Suggest North Korea Is Up To Something Once Again

The DPAA Laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is the first US stop for the recently returned remains.

The North Koreans collected the remains, and USA investigators will have to do the examination without the forensic information they normally would have, such as the approximate place of the burial and the conditions around it.

"The remains are consistent with remains that we have recovered in North Korea through our own recovery efforts in the past", said John Byrd, and anthropologist with the Defense P.O.W. and M.I.A. Accounting Agency.

Bruce Bennett, a senior Rand Corporation researcher, said North Korea's recent moves are a way pressuring Washington for sanctions concessions.

South Korea's defense ministry last week said it plans to reduce guard posts and equipment along the border as an initial step to implement the agreement.

The Korean War, which took place from 1950 to 1953, killed 36,000 American soldiers, and about 7,700 are listed as missing.

North Korean Lieutenant General An Ik San walks with South Korean Major General Kim Do-gyun at the Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, July 31, 2018. It typically uses bones, teeth and DNA to identify remains along with any items that may have been found with remains like uniforms, dog tags and wedding rings.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets participants of the 5th National Conference of War Veterans in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 27, 2018. Trump has spoken frequently about the desire to have as many remains of American service members returned as possible.

Pompeo said there was "an terrible long way to go" before North Korea could no longer be viewed as a nuclear threat.

The process of finding and repatriating their remains has always been hampered by North Korea's reluctance to allow USA military investigators unrestricted access to battle sites, and to wring as much political capital and money out of the process of returning the remains. "So, this is an worldwide effort to bring closure for those families", he said.

There are 7,699 USA service members listed as unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War, of which about 5,300 are believed to have died on North Korean soil.

The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear program.

Experts say positively identifying the decades-old remains could take anywhere from days to decades. The remains will be analyzed in Hawaii to determine whether they are those of US service members missing since the Korean War.

Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization during a summit with Trump last month, and Trump spent the wake of the meeting praising the brutal regime leader's character and intelligence.

"The Korean War fallen have never been forgotten by the United States of America", the UNC said in a statement. Liquid fueling can also take a fairly long time to complete, giving USA spy satellites a period of time to see launch preparations underway. North Korea has steadfastly argued its nuclear weapons are meant to neutralize alleged United States plans to attack it.

The remains were turned over after President Donald Trump's Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.