World Australia presses North Korea on return of war dead

12:31  07 august  2018
12:31  07 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

NKorea provided just 1 dog tag with 55 sets of war remains

  NKorea provided just 1 dog tag with 55 sets of war remains NKorea provided just 1 dog tag with 55 sets of war remains

US Korean war dead returned on 65th anniversary – video. The last time North Korea turned over remains was in 2007, when Bill Richardson, a former UN ambassador and New Mexico governor, secured the return of six sets. Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this story.

Associated Press . The Korean war veterans memorial in Washington. US forces are readying themselves to receive from North Korea the remains of soldiers who went missing during the conflict.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.© David Cheskin/Pool via Reuters Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Australia has pressed North Korea over the remains of 43 soldiers still missing after the Korean war in a rare encounter between the two nations, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday.

Some 17,000 Australians fought as part of the United Nations multinational force defending South Korea from Communist North Korea during the 1950-1953 conflict.

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Of these, 340 were killed and over 1,216 wounded. Forty-three were listed as missing in action and presumed dead.

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The issue of repatriating remains of American war dead was seen as a far less contentious one, and the summit agreement A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a US soldier killed during the Korean War , after they were returned by North Korea . Australian Associated Press .

North Korea returned 55 boxes of remains believed to be from Korean War servicemen to U.S. defense officials. But, the North provided little additional information. Identifying the dead is expected to take months or years.

Bishop raised the issue in a meeting with counterpart Ri Yong-ho at a security forum in Singapore at the weekend after 55 sets of remains thought to be of American soldiers killed during the conflict finally returned home this month.

"I noted the Americans had received the remains of some of their soldiers after the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un and I asked the Australians also be able to access the sites," she told Sky News.

"We offered forensic and expert assistance so that we can recover those Australian remains of soldiers after the Korean War, and he took that on board."

Bishop also discussed North Korea's progress on denuclearisation with Ri.

"I took the opportunity to talk to him about the leaders' meeting (between Trump and Kim) and North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation... he was noncommittal," she said.

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City Press . The return of the remains – on the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War – marks the partial fulfilment of an agreement reached between the US president and North Korea 's leader at their historic summit in Singapore last month.

The return of American war dead is one of the provisions of the agreement North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump signed in Singapore. (RELATED: North Korea Didn’t Show For Talks About Returning Remains Of US War Dead ).

Caskets carrying 55 sets of presumed American remains arrived on US soil this month after a June meeting in Singapore between Trump and Kim.

Experts have said it could take scientists and historians years to make final identifications.

More than 35,000 Americans were killed on the Korean peninsula during the war, with 7,700 of these US troops still listed as missing in action -- most of them in North Korea.

Pictures: North Korea returns remains of U.S. soldiers killed in Korean War

UN Command Chaplain U.S. Army Col. Lee performs a blessing on the 55 boxes of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War at the Osan Air Base in South Korea: United Nations Command Chaplain U.S. Army Col. Sam Lee performs a blessing of sacrifice and remembrance on the 55 boxes of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, returned by North Korea to the U.S., at the Osan Air Base in South Korea, July 27, 2018. North Korea on Friday handed over 55 boxes carrying remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, a first step in implementing an agreement reached at a landmark summit in June.U.S. Army/ Sgt. Quince Lanford/Handout via North Korea returns remains of U.S. soldiers killed in Korean War

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