North Korea to return U.S. soldiers' remains in weeks - Pompeo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea will return to the United States in the coming weeks the remains of some of the American service members killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. Pompeo told a Cabinet meeting chaired by U.S. President Donald Trump that progress was made on some issues when he visited Pyongyang earlier in July for the third time this year, but a lot of work remained to be done.

Reuters July 19, 2018 01:08:26 IST
North Korea to return U.S. soldiers' remains in weeks - Pompeo

North Korea to return US soldiers remains in weeks  Pompeo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea will return to the United States in the coming weeks the remains of some of the American service members killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Pompeo told a Cabinet meeting chaired by U.S. President Donald Trump that progress was made on some issues when he visited Pyongyang earlier in July for the third time this year, but a lot of work remained to be done.

The repatriation of remains of soldiers killed in the Korean War was one of the agreements reached during the June 12 summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

"We're making progress along the border to get the return of remains - a very important issue for those families," Pompeo said. "We think in the next couple weeks we'll have the first remains returned. That's the commitment."

U.S. and North Korean officials met on the inter-Korean border on Sunday to discuss the return of remains.

It was the first time in nine years that U.S. and North Korean generals held talks. The two sides agreed to resume joint field activities to search for the remains of Americans missing from the war, Pompeo said in a statement on Sunday.

Pompeo also said on Wednesday the North Koreans had "reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearize." He did not elaborate.

After Pompeo's visit, North Korea accused his delegation of making “gangster-like” demands in connection with denuclearization.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton, writing by Doina Chiacu; editing by Jonathan Oatis and James Dalgleish)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

EU sanctions 'a small victory' - Belarusian opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya
World

EU sanctions 'a small victory' - Belarusian opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya

By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) - European Union sanctions against 40 officials in Belarus are "a small victory" but should be widened, opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Monday, adding she would press Germany's Angela Merkel to do more at a meeting on Tuesday. Tsikhanouskaya fled her homeland for Lithuania amid a police crackdown in Belarus following an Aug. 9 presidential election, which official results said incumbent Alexander Lukashenko won, but which Tsikhanouskaya's supporters say was rigged

Trump spokeswoman McEnany, other White House staffers test positive for COVID-19
World

Trump spokeswoman McEnany, other White House staffers test positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday she tested positive for COVID-19, while several U.S. media outlets reported that a number of other White House staff members also were confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus