U.S. identifies first troops from returned North Korea remains

US identifies first troops from returned North Korea remains

US identifies first troops from returned North Korea remains

Defense Secretary James Mattis said some of the human remains returned to the US from North Korea have been identified.

"It's been good work done, they moved swiftly on a couple where they thought they had a better chance for a number of reasons, where the remains came from, and what background we had, and how much we had to work with", he said, according to CNN.

However, the sets of bones from the two soon-to-be-identified American troops are far more complete.

"The IDs will be made officially in the next couple of days", said John Byrd, the director of scientific analysis at the US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

The names of the servicemen will be announced after their families have been notified. Vice President Pence spoke at the repatriation ceremony, where he praised the event as "tangible progress" in negotiations between the USA and North Korea.

United Nations military officials have met with North Korean counterparts to discuss the repatriation of additional remains of troops killed during the Korean War, US officials said Monday.

According to estimates from the Department of Defense, there are approximately 7,700 US troops who remain missing from the Korean War. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the repatriation ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in August, where he thanked the fallen soldiers for giving "the last full measure of devotion for their families, our freedom, our future, our country".

Both service members were determined to have died in late 1950 near the Chongchon River and the remains were identified using DNA analysis and historical documents, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"It's a huge battle", said Jin, who estimated that 1,700 of the missing U.S. forces from the Korean War came from that fight alone.

The Pentagon has said it is considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea to search for more remains.

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