Sputnik: North Korea Sends Soldiers’ Remains Home, Calls on US to Honor Agreements25 June 2018 | 02:04 | FOCUS News Agency
"They've already sent back, or in the process of sending back, the remains of our great heroes who died in North Korea during the war," said US President Donald Trump Thursday, the New York Times reported. Almost 40,000 Americans died in the Korean War, between 1950 and 1953, while nearly 5 million Koreans died. An estimated 5,300 US soldiers' bodies were left behind as the US retreated from the North. This is the first effort to repatriate remains since 2005.
The US military began moving 100 wooden "temporary transit cases" to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea Saturday to receive the remains of possibly up to 250 American servicemen whose bodies were left behind during the North Korean-Chinese offensive that pushed the US and allied forces out of North Korea in the final months of the war, NYT reported. Separately, the US has also moved 158 metal coffins to Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, South Korea.
The handover will happen in Panmunjom, the so-called "truce village" that straddles the DMZ and which commonly hosts peace gestures and negotiations since it's seen as neutral ground. It was here that the first steps toward normalization of diplomatic relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as North Korea is officially known, were made last April when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In hammered out the framework for denuclearization and peace on the peninsula.
"The path to thoroughly implementing the North-U.S. joint statement is the path to securing the common interests of the peoples of the two countries, and peace, security and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and in the world," said DPRK Today, Yonhap News reported.
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