Trump receives new letter from Kim

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New U.S. Ambassador to Seoul Harry Harris said there must be "demonstrable moves" from North Korea toward denuclearization before any declaration of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War is made between the two sides.

Military pallbearers carry the remains of US service members collected in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during Repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1 2018.

USA officials have been closely watching North Korea's willingness to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

But questions have deepened over Pyongyang's commitment after US spy satellite material detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

The Post also reported that North Korean officials have talked about how they plan to deceive the USA about the size of their arsenal of missiles and nuclear warheads and facilities.

But he cautioned it was unclear if that soldier's remains were among those received from North Korea.

The remains were formally repatriated Tuesday in Osan, South Korea to to the control of the United Nations before being transported to Hawaii, where the DPAA's identification laboratory is located.

Trump in his tweet expressed gratitude to Kim "for keeping your word" on the return of the remains of more than 50 Americans service members killed during the Korean War.

"Everything we saw was consistent with these remains, indeed, being from the Korean War, and consistent with these remains being good candidates to be missing Americans from the Korean War", said Byrd. Pyongyang has called for a formal declaration to end the war, viewing it as a guarantee of its security in exchange for denuclearization. He said numerous remains appear to have come from a village associated with the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a harrowing fight against Chinese forces in late 1950 that claimed thousands of American lives.

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In addition, the 55 transfer cases handed over by the North Koreans contained equipment associated with the American military, such as boots, canteens, buttons and buckles, Byrd said. "We couldn't be sure how many individuals were in each box". USA officials say they have already contacted the family of a service member whose dog tag was returned.

But other techniques such as comparing teeth to dental records and bones to chest X-rays are also used.

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