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Donald Trump has thanked North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un for sending the suspected remains of USA soldiers killed in the Korean War back to the United States.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a ceremony Wednesday to mark the arrival of the remains of US servicemen from the Korean War - and joining him were two guests who lost their fathers in the war.

Other countries under the command of the United Nations also have troops that are still unaccounted for, including the UK, Australia and Canada.

"We see today as tangible progress to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula", Pence said.

Gen. Kim Do Gyun, said the two sides had a common view in principle on disarming a jointly controlled area at Panmunjom, removing some guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the countries, halting hostile acts along their disputed sea boundary, and conducting joint searches for soldiers missing from the 1950-53 Korean War in DMZ areas. Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told the Washington Post that North Korea is not negotiating to give up their nuclear weapons: "What they're offering is: They keep the bomb, but they stop talking about it".

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

"And it also emphasises the sense of duty of the times, and the role given to the military in the efforts of the North and South for peace and prosperity".

The U.S. military is beginning the painstaking process of analyzing remains from the Korean War now that they are back on American soil after having been handed over by North Korea last week.

It looks as if North Korea isn't turning over a new leaf after all. "They seem to have figured out the engines, but not all the higher-tech stuff, and that might be what this is about", they said. Many families who are awaiting the return of their loved ones from the Korean War have already submitted DNA samples to the agency to help in the identification process.

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week that the return of the 55 boxes was a positive step but not a guarantee that the bones are American.

The remains will go to a lab in Hawaii run by the military agency that identifies missing servicemen and women from past conflicts.

Between 1990 and 2005, 229 sets of remains were returned to the U.S., but co-operation halted as relations deteriorated alongside the development of North Korea's nuclear programme.

This spring, however, Trump took a vastly different approach in his dealings with his North Korean counterpart, leading to the "epochal" summit in Singapore in which North Korean denuclearization was agreed upon.

"So when. only one dog tag was provided, it's probably not to tease the U.S. but rather that it was sent because it could offer clues to the remains".

But forensics experts say that identifying the remains may take years, according to a report by New York Magazine on Wednesday.

Numerous fallen service members died in North Korea and were buried by their comrades where they fell. On Wednesday, U.S. Consul General Angela Kerwin said that no money was paid to North Korea for the remains. "Today, our boys are coming home", Pence said.

They "are consistent with remains we have recovered in North Korea.in the past", Byrd told reporters at Osan US Air Base in South Korea.

Officials say US spy agencies, citing evidence including recent satellite photos, have spotted signs that the North is building new intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to the Washington Post. But examination showed that the remains were from more than 208 individuals. -North Korean recovery efforts, termed "joint field activities", between 1996 and 2005 yielded 229 caskets of remains, of which 153 have been identified, according to the Pentagon.