Despite Denuclearization Pledge, North Korea Reportedly Building More ICBMs

Larry Hoffman
August 4, 2018

North Korea has steadfastly argued its nuclear weapons are meant to neutralize alleged us plans to attack it.

According to a report by Associated Press, 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 the North Korean soil.

Members of the US military carried caskets of remains from the Korean War off cargo planes at a military base in in Hawaii. But many foreign experts say those were not enough to prove it's serious about its disarmament commitment, saying the North must first submit a list of nuclear assets to be dismantled.

Byrd, speaking before the ceremony, confirmed that a single dog tag ID was also returned and noted the family of the soldier had been notified.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at a Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 31, 2018.

The caskets, which are thought to contain the remains of US soldiers who died during the Korean War in the 1950s, are now traveling from South Korea to Hawaii, where forensic experts will conduct a thorough analysis to identify the remains.

The U.S. military will take the remains to a laboratory at the base for identification. After the president met Kim, Trump declared on Twitter "There is no longer a Nuclear threat from North Korea".

In exchange for returning the US war dead, North Korea may demand that the United States agree on a declaration to end the Korean War as a USA security guarantee.

The move comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump agreed the country would disarm its nuclear arsenal.

North Korea is one of 27 members of the forum, which in the past has served as a venue for meetings between top diplomats from Pyongyang and Washington. Duus said the DPAA is still working to identify remains it received in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Many US families have been waiting on closure for decades, not knowing what became of their loved ones. Some of them, including Australia, Belgium, France and the Philippines, have yet to recover some of their war dead from North Korea.

It was the first repatriation of remains since 2005.

About 7,700 United States soldiers are listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea.

On Monday, a senior USA official told Reuters that United States spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US. Recent reports said the North runs a covert site in the suburbs of Pyongyang to produce weapons-grade enriched uranium.

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. But examination showed that the remains were from more than 208 individuals. Downes' father left for the Korean War as a radar operator on a B-26 bomber when Downes was 3 years old and he never returned.

The vice president spoke for a few minutes before the ceremony began, calling it "tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula".

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