A month after Pyongyang returned a set of remains from the Korean War to the United States, Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed that the remains have been identified.
According to Mattis, who spoke at a press conference at the Pentagon, these particular sets of remains were chosen by experts to focus on, because they “had a better chance,” on the basis of where they were found, as well as the background obtained by Washington.
“So there’s been, already, some closure for a couple of families that have waited many, many years for this,” Xinhua quoted the Pentagon chief as saying.
Mattis did not publicly identify the remains. He also said that consultations are going on about the repatriation of more Korean War remains.
At least 55 boxes of human remains from the 1950-53 Korean War were handed over by North Korea in late July, that has been seen as a sign of progress after the historic Singapore meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean top leader Kim Jong-un.