North Korea may want to use the remains' return to keep diplomacy with the United States alive and win a reciprocal US concession. "Thank you to Kim Jong Un". Four U.S. fighter jets flew low in a tribute.
"Fear not, senator. Fear not", advised Pompeo.
"We had expected that the USA side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit. we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures", Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.
Longtime North Korea scholar, and frequent visitor to the North, Andrei Lankov tells NPR that North Korea has a very different understanding of "denuclearization" from that of Pompeo.
But Mr Trump was criticised at home for making concessions without securing any firm commitment from Mr Kim to end the nuclear and missile programmes.
Trump said in a Twitter post following the summit with Kim in Singapore last month: "Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office". Last Tuesday, Trump said new images signaled that North Korea was beginning to dismantle "a key missile site".
North Korea also called the talks with a delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July "regrettable", claiming the USA has undermined the spirit of the summit.
"After so many years, this will be a great moment for so many families".
At that point, no remains had been sent back.
The good news, from Trump's standpoint, is that it will take years to definitively identify the remains.
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The remains were first flown from the North Korean city of Wonsan last Friday, on the 65th anniversary of the armistice, and were greeted at Osan Air Base by hundreds of USA service personnel and their families.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that the two sides had agreed to recommence field operations in North Korea to search for the missing Americans, and the Pentagon say it is considering sending personnel to North Korea for this goal.
Pompeo confirmed Markey's assertion. At the time, he declined to say whether Pyongyang was building new missiles. It also provides a commercial satellite image, taken on July 7, showing the factory in question.
North Korea halted nuclear and missile tests, shut down its nuclear testing site and began dismantling facilities at its rocket launch site.
The pledge to transfer war remains was seen as a goodwill gesture by Kim at the Singapore summit, and was the most concrete agreement reached by the two sides so far.
"They could go to Australia", Mattis added. At least one of the new missiles is another one of these. Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea unilaterally handed over 208 caskets to the US, which turned out to contain remains of far more than 208 individuals, although forensics specialists thus far have established 181 identities.
"We will make our best efforts to ensure that we can craft practical measures to reduce military tensions and build trust between the two Koreas through this meeting", Major Gen. Kim Do-gyun, the chief of the five-member South Korean delegation, told reporters before departing for Panmunjom. But many foreign experts believe those are not enough to prove it's serious about disarmament, saying the North must first submit a list of nuclear assets to be dismantled.
The remains were handed over by the Korean People's Army (KPA) in the North Korean city of Wonsan before being transported to South Korea on Friday, the anniversary of the armistice that paused hostilities in the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953.
Trump appeared to be basing his claim on having just shaken hands and co-signed a document with a man he had never met before.
But even if he does, Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korea expert at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, was sceptical that there would be any fresh signs of progress when it came to denuclearisation.