The United States and North Korea have agreed to search for the remains of 5,300 American soldiers who died in the Korean war but whose body was never found. That has the American minister of Foreign Affairs Mike Pompeo Sunday communicated.
The notice came after the initial discussions between the first generals of the two countries since 2009. “The talks today were productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments,” said Pompeo.
Officials will be in accordance with the minister on Monday further meetings to keep to the following steps to coordinate, including the transfer of the remains that have already been collected’.
The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the U.s. delegation was headed by Michael Minihan, the chief of staff of the United States-led UN command, while to the North Korean side, a general with two stars was present.
33.000 fallen soldiers
The South Korean tv channel, Arirang know that the US one hundred wooden boxes, in which the remains to America could be brought back for identification.
The meeting took place in a context of improved relations between the U.S. and North Korea after the historic meeting between the Us president, Donald Trump, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un of 12 June in Singapore.
Between 1996 and 2005, the American teams are the remains of more than 220 soldiers have been excavated in North Korea. In 2005, the excavation was, however, discontinued because of concerns about safety.
During the Korean War (1950-1953) are estimated to be about 33,000 American soldiers were killed, of which there still are 8,000 missing.