Pompeo says North Korea weapons work counter to denuclearization pledge


"The ongoing correspondence between the two leaders is aimed at following up on their meeting in Singapore and advancing the commitments made in the US-DPRK joint statement", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea. This comes as the US leader mentioned the letter in a tweet earlier Thursday, .

The United States said during a solemn ceremony on Wednesday the human remains presumably included Americans killed in the Korean War and thanked North Korea for making good on its pledge to hand them over. I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action.

President Trump and Chairman Jong Un met in June during a historic summit in Singapore.

The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War.

However, Air Force General John Hyten, who commands the US Strategic Command, pointed out that North Korea has not launched any missiles since November.

In a somber ceremony, 55 remains, who are believed to be American Korean War service members, were repatriated at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wednesday afternoon.

The repatriation was part of an agreement Trump and Kim reached at their historic summit in Singapore in June.

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

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The U.S. and North Korean militaries conducted joint excavations of war remains in the North between 1996 and 2005, yielding more than 200 set of remains, not all of which have been positively identified.

Byrd said his laboratory in Hawaii already has begun working on the remains.

Friday's transfer of the remains on the Korean Peninsula 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.

Military pallbearers carry the remains of US service members collected in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during Repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1 2018.

Byrd told Pentagon reporters Thursday that along with the remains North Korea provided the identification "dog tag" of an American servicemember, typically a metal military identification worn around the neck. Technically, the two Koreas are still at war.

A USA defense official told VOA North Korea has provided nearly no information to help identify the individuals, and that the process could take months or years to complete. It comes after a report based on satellite images from July 20 and July 22 revealed that North Korea was dismantling an important satellite launch facility.

"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.