USA military to send 215 caskets to North Korea

USA military to send 215 caskets to North Korea

These "continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States", he said in a notice to Congress.

His complimentary words are a far cry from the days of petty insults exchanged between Trump and Kim, when the North Korean leader called the U.S. president a "lunatic old man" and Trump branded Kim "short and fat" and called him "Little Rocket Man".

The two sides, however, still have to negotiate the terms under which the North would give up its missiles and win relief from sanctions - a goal that has eluded United States administrations for a quarter of a century.

The meetings came as the USA and China appeared to be hurtling toward an all-out trade war - and a week after President Donald Trump's historic Singapore summit with Kim, which the North Korean leader already appears to be reaping the benefits of.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Wednesday said he was unaware of any steps taken by North Korea toward dismantling its nuclear weapons program since the Singapore summit and does not expect any in the immediate future. North Korea had long sought an end to the war games.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to repatriate the remains as part of the four-point agreement reached during his June 12 summit with President Donald Trump. The official, who wasn't authorised to discuss the issue publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity, would not answer questions about whether the site was already being destroyed, but said that as negotiations moved forward, the administration would continue to monitor the area where North Korea tested liquid propellant engines for long-range ballistic missiles.

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U.S. Forces Korea announced Saturday the wooden "Temporary Transit Cases" had been sent to the DMZ as North Korea prepares to return the remains of fallen American service members who died during the Korean War.

"We need to closely watch North Korea's steps toward denuclearisation".

"We will conscientiously fulfill our responsibility to address decades-long tensions and hostile relations, and open a new era of the North-US cooperation", the Uriminzokkiri report added, without mentioning North Korea's nuclear programme or Trump.

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One of the officials said a "sizable number" of remains were expected to be handed over.

In a late Friday statement, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that Mattis "has indefinitely suspended select exercises" to include the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise that had been scheduled to begin in late August. The bloody battles finished with a stalemate and a 1953 armistice that resulted in the division of Korea into the North and South.

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