Pence-led service marks arrival of presumed Korean War dead

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Troops from 16 other United Nations member countries fought with the US during the war.

All Americans welcome the return of remains from the Korean War.

Members of the United States military carried 55 boxes draped with American flags off C-17 aircraft and into a hangar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. "And while several hundred of the missing fallen have been returned, for more than a decade, as a result of North Korea's nuclear threats and escalations, search-and-recovery efforts have been suspended - until today", Pence said.

Brooks, in his send-off, spoke of the US military's promise to leave no one behind.

"We see today as tangible progress to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula", Pence said. The remains will now undergo the process of being formally identified so that they could be returned to their families.

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Officials familiar with the capabilities of the Hermit Kingdom said USA spy agencies were seeing signs of construction at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

At the conclusion of his remarks, Pence looked on as soldiers approached the two military planes and began unloading caskets draped in American flags.

Officials from U.N. -allied nations laid wreaths, a military band played somber music, an honor guard fired a salute and troops saluted as the caskets sat in a hangar just off a runway.

"The Korean War fallen have never been forgotten by the United States of America", the UNC said in a statement.

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Still, an initial field forensic review indicated the "remains are what North Korea said they were", John Byrd, director of analysis for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, told reporters at an air base in South Korea before the remains were flown to Hawaii.

North Korea allowed the United States to send a cargo plane to collect the remains and fly them to Osan on Friday, partially fulfilling a promise its leader, Kim Jong Un, made during his June 12 summit with President Donald Trump.

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United States soldiers salute during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of U.S. soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

But at their landmark meeting in Singapore, Mr Trump and Mr Kim agreed to work towards the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula". About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea. He declared that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat". 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.

Questions have arisen over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearise after USA 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.

"We see them going to work, just as before", a USA official told the newspaper.

The return of 55 sets is seen as only a first step. "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.

The source previously told CNN that if a peace treaty to replace the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War did not ensure the survival of the current North Korean regime, it could be the end of denuclearization talks.

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