A U.S. Marine stands at attention as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., August 1, 2018.
"What we saw were remains that were consistent with what we have found from the Korean War recoveries that we've done over the years, and we found remains that were consistent with being Americans", Byrd said, speaking by video teleconference from Hawaii.
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McKeague said North Korea did not receive any payment for the transfer this week.
Fifty-five cases of remains were airlifted from North Korea to South Korea last week and honored in a solemn ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii Wednesday.
"Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize", Pompeo told reporters.
The U.S. ambassador also expressed skepticism regarding North Korea's dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and the missile site at Tongchang-ri.
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EDaily reported the top USA envoy to Seoul said that hasty measures are not the answer.
However, Air Force General John Hyten, who commands the US Strategic Command, pointed out that North Korea has not launched any missiles since November.
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The Defense Department agency that accounts for missing American service members from past wars hopes to negotiate the resumption of joint operations to recover remains in North Korea, an official said Thursday, calling such efforts a "sacred obligation".
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Pence also praised Trump for having the nation's fallen war heroes "on his heart" during his summit with Kim, which was focused on denuclearization of the Korea Peninsula. He said during a rally on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida, that the United States was "doing well" with North Korea, citing the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear and missile tests.
On Monday, a senior US official said USA spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.
Last Friday, . coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Armistice Agreement, .
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. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
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