North Korea returns remains of 200 US troops

Frederick Owens
June 21, 2018

Meeting Mr Kim on his third trip to China this year, and just a week after Mr Kim met Mr Trump in Singapore, Mr Xi said China was willing to keep playing a positive role to promote the peace process on the Korean peninsula.

Some China watchers say Mr. Xi will have a hard time domestically if he is seen to be knuckling under to Mr. Trump's trade offensive, and may be calculating that he could be in power far longer than his American counterpart. "That's not in your signed document; we agreed to that after the agreement was signed", Trump said June 12.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga repeated that it was vital for North Korea to take concrete steps toward complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all its weapons of mass destruction and missiles.

Close to 7,700 US troops remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, and about 5,300 of those were lost in North Korea.

Kim concluded his China visit late on Wednesday and departed Beijing for the DPRK.

Former president Barack Obama supported South Korea's rejection of a nuclearized North Korea and said threats from North Korea would result in its isolation from the global community. "There's absolutely no integrity in his life and in his presidency overall". Trump followed up the meeting by controversially moving to end joint military exercises with South Korea, which he called "provocative" and "expensive". "I don't know exactly what form that will take but I'm very confident that by some time in the next week or so we will begin the engagement".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly shared a mutual laugh with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on their first meeting that he would go on to describe as a success - despite joking that he was trying to kill Kim.

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North Korea has singled out Japan, a key United States ally in the region, for verbal attacks, threatening to "sink" the country into the sea and to turn it into "ashes".

"(The families) want the remains of their fathers, and mothers, and all of the people that got caught into that really brutal war", Trump said.

North Korea has other missile testing facilities but the shutdown, if it happens, would be significant, analysts said. A large majority of Democrats have little confidence the Kim regime will ever do so.

Following the summit, Trump also appears to have put up photos in the White House of his meeting with Kim, replacing older ones of the president with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump has ordered new trade tariffs on Chinese imports after Xi matched previous trade tariffs imposed by the U.S. earlier this month. More than 36,500 USA troops died in the conflict. He said the participating tourists "reported the absence of anti-American propaganda material".

Following the June 12 summit in Singapore, Trump stunned US lawmakers, allies and Pentagon officials with plans to halt military exercises with USA ally South Korea and by Tuesday officially announced the cancellation of the exercises slated for August.

The Pentagon says that North Korean officials have indicated in the past that they have the remains of as many as 200 U.S. troops.

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