US, North Korea generals meet to discuss return of Korean War remains

Trump Releases ‘Very Nice’ Letter From Kim Jong Un

Trump shares letter from Kim, touts progress in talks

North Korean and USA military officials met at the inter-Korea border yesterday to discuss repatriation of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War, a report said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently returned to North Korea for what is believed to be his third trip to the nation.

Speaking just ahead of the landmark summit in Singapore between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, Quintana said that not raising human rights issues would send a "wrong message".

Sunday's talks came three days after North Korean officials failed to attend a scheduled meeting about the remains, leaving their US counterparts waiting at the Demilitarized Zone's Joint Security Area.

Michael Minihan, chief of staff for the UNC and U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), reportedly led the U.S delegation.

"The DPRK will grant an amnesty to those who had been convicted of the crimes against the country and people on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK", the state-owned media said.

The two countries are technically still at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty, but sporting cooperation helped spark an ongoing diplomatic thaw after the North agreed to participate in the Winter Olympics held in February in the South.

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While recovering the war dead would provide Mr Trump a political victory similar to Mr Kim's May release of three living American detainees, it would do little to advance the goal of dismantling the regime's weapons programme. North Korea then proposed meeting U.S. military officials on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials have said. -North Korea military search teams conducted 33 recovery operations that collected 229 sets of American remains.

At last month's summit meeting Kim made a vague commitment to "work toward denuclearization" but there were no details as to how or when such disarmament would take place.

More than 7,800 Americans who fought in the war are unaccounted for, according to the Defense Department.

North Korean officials did not show up to a planned meeting with U.S. officials at the demilitarized zone Thursday, where they were expected to continue discussions on repatriating the remains of Americans killed during the war, CNN has reported.

"A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea".

He later said he had made progress on setting a timeline for North Korea's denuclearization.

Sunday's meeting came a week after Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang to begin follow-up talks to last month's Singapore summit in which Trump and Kim issued vague aspirations for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when and how it would occur.

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