North Korea is working on new missiles

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North Korea is working on new missiles

"Today, [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] is fulfilling part of the commitment he made to the president to return our fallen American service members", the White House said in a statement last week. "I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action", the US President wrote in a tweet.

In response to North Korea returning the remains of dozens of servicemen who were sacrificed in the Korean War to us soil on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard released the statement below.

It will possibly take months, if not years, to identify the remains handed over in 55 boxes.

"We picked up probably the two most important passengers on that plane: a man and woman who were 4 and 3 years old - little girl and little boy in the 1950s - when they sent their fathers, then young men, both pilots, both first lieutenants, both went to fight in the Korean War", he said on "Fox & Friends." "But we do know they are heroes, all", Pence said. "Today, our boys are coming home", Pence said.

The agency usually also relies on any items that may have been found with remains like uniforms, dog tags and wedding rings to identify remains.

"They seem to have figured out the engines, but not all the higher-tech stuff, and that might be what this is about", the official said.

The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear program.

The latest batch of 55 boxes of remains from North Korea has just been received, and appears to fit the historic pattern.

In exchange for returning the US war dead, North Korea may demand that the United States agree on a declaration to end the Korean War as a USA security guarantee. North Korea included "no other information that could help US forensics experts determine their individual identities", a defense official told the AP.

A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a U.S. soldier who was killed in the Korean War during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek South Korea

In late June, it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea had upped uranium production in recent months and that North Korean officials were seeking to deceive the USA in order to extract more concessions in talks.

Still, an initial field forensic review indicated the "remains are what North Korea said they were", John Byrd, director of analysis for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, told reporters at an air base in South Korea before the remains were flown to Hawaii.

Since the Trump-Kim summit, though, issues have arisen to give US and other analysts pause.

But at their landmark meeting in Singapore, Mr Trump and Mr Kim agreed to work towards the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

"What's more, a liquid-fueled ICBM doesn't pose nearly the threat that a solid-fueled one would because they take so long to fuel, and that's something we almost certainly could see in time to abort a launch, given our assets in the vicinity".

Trump also thanked Kim, posting his message to the North Korean dictator on Twitter last week. But many experts say those are neither irrevocable nor serious steps that could show the country is honest about denuclearization.

North Korea may want to use the remains' return to keep diplomacy with the United States alive and win a reciprocal USA concession.

Friday's transfer of the remains coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and US -led forces under the U.N. Command.

Efforts to recover remains in North Korea have been fraught with political and other obstacles since the war's end.