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Korea slow to fulfill pledge to return war dead

23 July, 2018, 16:46 | Author: Sara Gill
  • The United States is expecting North Korea to return the first group of possible US service member remains on July 27 according to a US official. CREDIT Kevin Lim  The Strait Times  Handout  Getty Images

Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation shortly before Mike Pompeo, the USA secretary of state, flew to Pyongyang for the most recent round of discussions on the issue, Mr Bolton said "I am sure that ..."

The Singapore summit was mainly about Trump's push to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

A US official told Stars and Stripes that the North may return as many as 55 sets of remains on July 27, which is the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the war, although that date may change as more talks were needed to finalize the details. He said they signed a document confirming that they will start talks next month on specifics of how the 2 Koreas can cooperate on return of the Korean remains from Japan.

In that meeting Mr Trump said is no hurry to denuclearize North Korea.

Trump noted Wednesday that there is "no rush" and that sanctions against the regime are still in place.

"Discussions are ongoing and they're going very, very well". The economy was hit harder when North Korea's largest trading partner China was also forced to step in and impose sanctions in late 2017.

It came as tensions on the Korean Peninsula had escalated to one of the highest levels, following the North Korea's ballistic missile tests.


This comes at a time after North and South Korea agreed to hold a family reunion event by mid-August this year, as decided the two leaders during the historic inter-Korean summit at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) on April 27 this year.

Meanwhile, the South Korean foreign minister didn't rule out the possibility that leaders of the United States, South and North Korea will meet for a trilateral summit at the Assembly in September.

The United States submitted the complaint to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee, which is due to decide by Thursday whether it will tell all U.N. member states to halt all transfers of refined petroleum to Pyongyang.

Although the Trump administration formerly called for an immediate denuclearization of North Korea, Trump and administration officials in recent months have backed off that demand.

Kim made a broad commitment at the Singapore summit to "work toward denuclearization", but fell short of details on how or when he would dismantle the nuclear programs.

Trump met with Chairman Kim Jong-un on June 12 in a summit that was the first of its kind between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. North Korea has accused South Korea of kidnapping them, while South Korea says they chose to resettle on their own will.

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