US identifies 2 Korean War dead from North Korea remains

14 September, 2018, 06:28 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Jennie Jin a forensic anthropologist shows some of the objects that accompanied the human remains handed over by North Korea

The US has identified the first two American service members from among the remains of US war dead returned by North Korea in July.

"It's a huge battle", said Jin, who estimated that 1,700 of the missing United States forces from the Korean War came from that fight alone.

President Donald Trump's administration on the other had have started hailing the handover of its troops remains which will serve as an evidence of successful summit with the North Korean President, Kim Jong Un which was held in June.

Mattis praised the work of those involved in the identification process and said it represents long-awaited closure form some families.

Researchers and analysts at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii have so far sampled 23 of the 55 sets of remains returned in late July.

Mattis later confirmed that two sets of remains had been identified "right now", but said "we're working" on additional identifications. One of the deceased is presumed to be African-American.


The Pentagon estimates that of the approximately 7,700 U.S. MIAs from the Korean War, about 5,300 are unaccounted for on North Korean soil. Nevertheless, the Forensic anthropologists are now combing all the remains in a secure facility in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

She spoke above tables of bone fragments, still separated with numbers corresponding with the 55 boxes.

Byrd acknowledged that it could take months for the next round of identifications. He was evacuated south on a U.S. Navy ship, she said.

A United Nations Command delegation led by US Air Force Major General Michael Minihan met with North Korean officials at Panmunjom Friday to discuss "military-to-military efforts to support any potential future return of remains", AFP reported Tuesday.

Scientists say it is unclear whether some of the boxes contain the remains of more than one body.

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