North Korea Returns Remains Of Soldiers Who Died During Korean War

A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a US soldier killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, after arriving from North Korea at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek

North Korea started to fulfill its promise to return the remains of United States soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the Korean War. Fifty-five cases containing the remains of those soldiers arrived at Osan Air Base in South Korea on Friday, July 27th which marked the 65th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement, which ended hostilities between North and South Korea. 

President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for "fulfilling a promise that he made to me."

"We have many others coming but I want to thank Chairman Kim in front of the media for fulfilling a promise that he made to me and I'm sure that he will continue to fulfill that promise as they search and search and search," said Trump. "These incredible American heroes will soon lay at rest on sacred American soil."

The Trump Administration announced they will hold "a formal repatriation ceremony" on August 1st. According to ABC News, the remains will be sent to a Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory in Hawaii where they will be identified. 

There are an estimated 7,697 unaccounted soldiers who served during the Korean War, and the government believes North Korea will be able to locate around 5,300 of those soldiers.  

Photo: Getty Images

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