Generals from rival Koreas end talks with no agreement

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Pompeo has led talks with Pyongyang to denuclearize following a June summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

In response to North Korea returning the remains of dozens of servicemen who were sacrificed in the Korean War to US soil on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard released the statement below.

Besides reducing the amount of troops and weapons they are armed with, McBride said talks about the disputed sea border between North and South Korea could also be on the agenda.

"The remains are consistent with remains that we have recovered in North Korea through our own recovery efforts in the past", said John Byrd, and anthropologist with the Defense P.O.W. and M.I.A. Accounting Agency.

The U.S. State Department said this month it would resume joint field activities to search for the remains of Americans missing from the war. During the war, the USA intervened to help the South repel North Korea's invasion.

A U.S. Army chaplain delivered a prayer in both Korean and English.

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The military talks are part of a number of recent steps toward reconciliation by the Koreas that began with North Korea's participation in February's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

"And we are gathered here, at this Honorable Carry ceremony, to receive 55 flag-draped cases, which we trust include the remains of American heroes who fell in the Korean War". About 5,300 were believed to be on North Korean soil.

"May God bless the souls of those who laid before us and provide comfort to those who yet await the return of their beloved and missing warrior", he said.

The Kaakimaka family provided DNA samples to the USA military's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency over a decade ago, hoping officials would be able to make a match. The laboratory uses forensic anthropology, odontology, DNA and other scientific methods to identify remains.

During the summit, Kim also agreed to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in return for Trump's promise of security guarantees. The 55 transfer cases were formerly sent to North Korea on July 20.

"We remain concerned about the scale of North Korea's illicit procurement, in particular of refined petroleum products via United Nations -prohibited ship-to-ship transfers", the official said.

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"It's a very thorough process with many, many procedures so it takes a long time", he said.

Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed USA war dead were on their way Wednesday to Hawaii for analysis and identification.

Past year the UN Security Council adopted a series of resolutions to ban North Korean exports of commodities in a bid to cut off revenue to the nuclear-armed regime's weapons programmes.

The Washington Post reported Monday that USA intelligence agencies have obtained evidence that indicates North Korea is building new long-range missiles despite ongoing disarmament talks with the United States.

Efforts to recover remains in North Korea have faced political and other barriers. But many foreign experts say those were not enough to prove it's serious about its disarmament commitment, saying the North must first submit a list of nuclear assets to be dismantled.

More than 7,600 American servicemembers remain missing from the three-year war, which ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

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North Korea has threatened to attack the USA and its allies with nuclear weapons on numerous occasions.

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