U.S. Identifies Remains of Two Service Members Returned From North Korea

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Washington, Sep 12: Defence Secretary James Mattis has revealed that the USA has identified two sets of Korean War remains among those that had been returned by Pyongyang over a month ago.

"It's been good work done, they moved swiftly on a couple where they thought they had a better chance for a number of reasons, where the remains came from, and what background we had, and how much we had to work with", Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

However, according to director of scientific analysis at the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, John Byrd among the undergoing remains review that at the moment the family members will not be notified at first. One set was identified as a tall black American.

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The identifications will chip away at the 7,699 US troops who the USA military says remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Korean People's Army soldiers stand beneath the entrance to a pavillion before the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) at the truce village of Panmunjom on the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.

Forensic anthropologists are combing through the remains at a secure facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

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North Korea turned over 55 boxes of what could be US remains after the June summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

More than 7000 USA troops who fought in the Korean War are unaccounted for, with approximately 5300 lost in what is now North Korea.

Byrd acknowledged that it could take months for the next round of identifications.

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The US-led United Nations delegation was led by US Air Force Maj. Jennie Jin and Byrd, who were the coordinators at the Korean War agency's Project, elaborated and said that the identification process is painstaking which also includes finding DNA from within the bone fragments.

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