Dutch Korean war veterans urge Rutte to bring back five dead soldiers

Posted August 02, 2018

Initial forensic analysis suggested the remains were likely to be of American servicemen, the US military said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week that the return of the 55 boxes was a positive step but not a guarantee that the bones are American.

North Korean Lieutenant General An Ik San shakes hands with South Korean Major General Kim Do-gyun during a meeting at the Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, July 31, 2018.

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

"For the warrior, this is a cherished duty, a commitment made to one another before going into battle and passed on from one generation of warriors to the next", said U.S. General Vincent Brooks, top commander of U.S. and United Nations forces in South Korea.

The five missing soldiers should be buried in the United Nations cemetery in Busan, South Korea, where 117 other Dutch soldiers who died in the conflict were laid to rest, the VOKS said.

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If other remains are found in the boxes, she added, the agency will contact other countries to inform them about the possible return of a service member who went missing in action.

On multiple occasions in the past, North Korean officials claimed the government possessed as many as 200 sets of American remains that had been recovered over the years, the accounting agency said.

"North Korea knows that we're watching", Bennett told AFP. There's a whole lot of us.

"This is an worldwide effort to bring closure", Mattis said.

Vice President Mike Pence, the son of a Korean War veteran, is to fly to Hawaii for what the military calls an "honorable carry ceremony" marking the arrival of the remains on American soil.

Fourteen Hawaii residents who are Korean War veterans are expected to attend the ceremony, along with dozens of others from the Vietnam War and veteran organizations such as the American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Special Forces Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars. That process, Duus said, can take a very long time depending on how degraded the remains are.

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In that address, the North Korean leader was unequivocal about what was next, they say.

At the start of the meeting, Ahn noted South Korean news reports suggesting that he might try to persuade the South to push for a joint declaration with the United States to formally end the war.

"Just over 1,000 men are unrecovered" from the so-called Demilitarized Zone and nearby buffer zones, according to DPAA.

The talks were meaningful in "creating understanding" in ways to implement the summit agreement, said Kim Do-gyun, the South's chief negotiator who is in charge of North Korea policy at the ministry.

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North Korea's missile program continues at a research facility outside the country's capital of Pyongyang, despite a pledge made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump in June that signaled an intent to work toward "peace and prosperity", The Washington Post reported on Monday night.

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That was the case with U.S. negotiations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and more recently with Iran, "which continued to build more centrifuges capable of producing nuclear material even as it negotiated with the United States to limit those capabilities", Mr Wit said. However, the June 12 summit between Trump and Kim led to an immediate easing of tensions.