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Remains From N. Korea Are Now Back on US Soil

The identification work is about to begin

(Newser) - The US military is beginning the painstaking process of analyzing remains said to be from the Korean War now that they're back on American soil after having been handed over by North Korea last week. Vice President Mike Pence and the top commander of US forces in Asia, Adm.... More »

North Korea Gave the US a Single Military Dog Tag

And no other information that could help US forensics experts ID the remains

(Newser) - When North Korea handed over 55 boxes of bones that it said are remains of American war dead, it provided a single military dog tag but no other information that could help US forensics experts determine their individual identities, a US defense official said Tuesday. The official, who discussed previously... More »

Remains From Korea a 'Modest Diplomatic Coup' for Trump

55 war dead reportedly beginning their long journey home after ceremony at South Korean air base

(Newser) - The remains of US soldiers who died in the Korean War finally appear to be coming home —a "modest diplomatic coup" for President Trump, reports Reuters . At a ceremony Friday at Pyeongtaek's Osan Air Base in South Korea, a US military plane arrived from North Korea's... More »

North Korea Returns Remains of US Troops

It's one result of the Trump-Kim summit

(Newser) - An American military plane flew into North Korea on Friday and left with the remains of US troops who were killed during the Korean War, the White House says. It's not clear how many, but South Korea's Yonhap news agency estimates that 50 sets of remains were transferred.... More »

Remains of 50 Americans Could Be Home Before Month's End

Sources say Pyongyang ready to hand over remains of war dead

(Newser) - The bodies of dozens of America's Korean War dead may finally return home, 65 years to the day after the armistice that ended fighting and created the DMZ in 1953. A US official tells CNN that the first group of possible American remains are expected on July 27. The... More »

North Koreans Fail to Show Up to Scheduled Meeting With US

The nations were slated to discuss repatriation of US soldiers' remains

(Newser) - The North Koreans failed to show up to a scheduled meeting Thursday during which they were slated to discuss the repatriation of American soldiers' remains with US officials. That's per the New York Times , where it was reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated last week that the... More »

Report: N. Korea Ready to Return US War Dead

Officials say ceremony could happen very soon

(Newser) - The American military command in South Korea is preparing for the North Koreans to turn over the remains of an unknown number of US or allied service members who have been missing since the Korean War, US officials said Tuesday. Officials say the timing of a ceremony is uncertain, but... More »

Kim Agrees to Send Remains of US Soldiers Home

Repatriation of Korean War remains is one of four key points Trump, Kim agreed upon

(Newser) - Of the 35,000 Americans who died on the Korean peninsula during the Korean War, 7,700 have not been accounted for. Per Veterans of Foreign Wars estimates, the remains of as many as 5,300 could still be in North Korea. Now, as one of four key points President... More »

Trump Pledges 'Security Guarantees' to Pyongyang

Kim recommits to 'complete denuclearization'

(Newser) - President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary nuclear summit Tuesday with the US president pledging unspecified "security guarantees" to the North, and Kim recommitting to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the AP reports. They coupled the summit agreement with lofty... More »

Korean Leaders Agree to 'Total Denuclearization'

'A new history starts now,' Kim says

(Newser) - "A new history starts now," Kim Jong Un wrote in the guest book at the Peace House in the DMZ before talks with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in began, and the day's developments were historic indeed. In a joint statement, the two leaders pledged to cease... More »

Report: Formal End in Sight for Korean War

South Korean newspaper says leaders from North and South may agree at summit

(Newser) - In 1953, North and South Korean leaders met at the "Peace House" in the border village of Panmunjom to sign an armistice ending hostilities in the Korean War. Some 65 years later, a historic meeting at the same spot may finally mean the war's official end. In a... More »

Man Who Won a Pulitzer With This Photo Dies at 104

Max Desfor joined the AP as a messenger in 1933

(Newser) - Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, died Monday. He was 104. Desfor died at his apartment in Silver Spring, Md., where he'd been living in his retirement, said... More »

After 6 Decades, Hunt for US Bombs in N. Korea Continues

Search teams still find explosives frequently

(Newser) - In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter that one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone... More »

65 Years After Dying in POW Camp, Veteran Comes Home

Thanks to an 11-year effort by his nephew

(Newser) - The remains of a Korean War veteran are back in his Massachusetts hometown 65 years after his death, thanks to his nephew's 11-year effort seeking their return, the AP reports. According to the Boston Globe , the remains of US Army Cpl. Ronald Sparks were flown from Hawaii to Boston'... More »

Korean War Vet's Remains Return, 65 Years Later

Robert Witt's remains returned to his sister in California

(Newser) - Laverne Minnick vividly remembers learning that her older brother had been reported missing in action during the Korean War some 65 years ago when she was just 17. "When I got up the next morning and looked at my dad, his hair was gray. It was brown the day... More »

N. Korea: We Moved US Troops' Remains 'En Masse'

Pyongyang warning may be aimed at launching talks: 'NYT'

(Newser) - More than six decades after the Korean War ended, some 7,800 American soldiers are still considered missing in North Korea—and the country is warning that their remains could soon be gone, the New York Times reports. The remains were "carried away en masse" from burial areas "... More »

S. Korea Returns Soldiers' Remains to China After 60 Years

But soldiers from the North are still there

(Newser) - The last of the Chinese soldiers who helped North Korea avoid defeat in the Korean War six decades ago have finally gone home. South Korea today repatriated the remains of 437 soldiers from China who have been in the so-called "enemy cemetery" near the city of Paju all these... More »

Widow Receives Vet's Remains, 63 Years Later

Joseph Gantt was killed in Korean War

(Newser) - The photo pretty much says it all: There is 94-year-old Clara Gantt weeping at the coffin of the husband who finally returned from the Korean War after more than six decades. Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt was a field medic who was injured and captured in December 1950,... More »

Freed 85-Year-Old: I Was Bored in N. Korea

Merrill Newman says he was detained in hotel, not jail

(Newser) - Life as a captive of the Stalinist regime he fought 60 years ago was actually a pretty dull experience, Merrill Newman says. The 85-year-old veteran, back in the US after more than a month in North Korean custody, says he was comfortable but bored during his detention, reports the Santa ... More »

American Held in N. Korea Oversaw Guerrillas

Kuwol fighters 'Pyongyang's most hated'

(Newser) - The detention of an 85-year-old American in North Korea appears to be revenge for his actions with a group of guerrilla fighters that did immense damage to the North during the Korean War, the AP finds in interviews with former members. Surviving fighters from the Kuwol partisan unit—glorified in... More »

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