In a solemn ceremony at a army base in Hawaii on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence and Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. forces in Asia, presided over the formal repatriation of what Pyongyang says are 55 caskets carrying the stays of U.S. service members killed in North Korea through the Korean Struggle. Forensic anthropologists and scientists on the base will now work to establish the stays.
“They have been husbands and fathers, brothers and neighbors — lengthy gone, however by no means misplaced to the reminiscence of their family members,” Pence mentioned. “At present, our boys are coming house.” He mentioned President Trump was grateful that North Korean chief Kim Jong Un adopted via on his promise, not less than on this case, calling it “tangible progress in our efforts to realize peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Early Thursday, Trump tweeted his personal thanks.
Thanks to Chairman Kim Jong Un for maintaining your phrase & beginning the method of sending house the stays of our nice and beloved lacking fallen! I’m not in any respect stunned that you just took this type motion. Additionally, thanks on your good letter – l sit up for seeing you quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2018
The Pentagon’s POW/MIA Accounting Company will use subtle DNA evaluation but it surely “normally additionally depends on any gadgets which will have been discovered with stays like uniforms, canine tags, and marriage ceremony rings to establish stays,” The Related Press says. “However North Korea solely offered one canine tag with the 55 packing containers it handed over final week.” Additionally, in earlier handovers, Pyongyang gave the U.S. “unidentifiable bones of many individuals and a few animals,” notes a skeptical Jonathan Chait at New York. “The nice News, from Trump’s standpoint, is that it’ll take years to definitively establish the stays. So Trump can maintain bragging about how he received again the stays of our nice heroes with out the media having the ability to definitively assert that he has not.”