Donald Trump Issues Another 'Thank You' To Dictator Kim Jong Un

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chats with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho as Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano looks on as they arrive for a group

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he looked forward to meeting Kim Jong Un soon and thanked the North Korean leader for sending the suspected remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War back to the United States.

On Wednesday, Trump thanked Kim Jong-un for returning some of the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War after Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Hawaii to receive the remains.

"That surprised me a little bit, that they took put that kind of care into the effort". Trump also posted a note on Twitter on Thursday thanking Kim for returning the remains of USA soldiers and saying he looked forward to seeing Kim again. This comes as the US leader mentioned the letter in a tweet earlier Thursday, .

Only one identification "dog tag" was delivered by the North Koreans, underscoring the long path ahead for us military efforts to identify the remains inside the 55 boxes presented by North Korea to the United States last week.

Last Friday - the day North Korea returned the remains - coincided with the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement, which ended fighting in the war.

The U.S. military flew the remains from Osan Air Base in South Korea after they had undergone an initial field forensic review.

The 55 boxes of human remains North Korea transferred to the United States this week are "consistent" with being American service members who lost their lives in the Korean War, according to the chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

The U.S. military sent 200 boxes to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea in anticipation of the latest transfer, but North Korea handed over only 55 boxes, McKeague said, explaining that U.S. officials didn't know the specifics in advance.

Donald Trump Issues Another 'Thank You' To Dictator Kim Jong Un
Donald Trump Issues Another 'Thank You' To Dictator Kim Jong Un

Sanders also reaffirmed the U.S's firm commitment on the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, .

Byrd said the process to fully identify the remains, now more than 60 years old, could take anywhere from days to decades.

Investigators will also use dental records and chest x-rays to further analyze the remains for a possible identification.

The audience, which was made up by Vice President Mike Pence and Korean War veterans, watched as each of the American flag draped caskets was offloaded and brought into Hanger 19.

Both McKeague and Byrd expressed hope that North Korea would allow the resumption of joint U.S. Technically, the two Koreas are still at war.

"Given the fact that the North Koreans reaffirmed that commitment to Secretary Pompeo last month, we fully expect that there might be an environment in which case they would be open to sitting down to negotiate", he said.

The ambassador added a good starting point would be a North Korea list of nuclear facilities.

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