22 June 2018Hot off the Press
North Korea has repatriated the remains of 200 US soldiers killed during the Korean War on Wednesday, according to US President Donald Trump.
The return of the fallen soldiers comes after it was raised at the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore, a little over a week ago.
“We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back,” Trump told a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.
No official confirmation from the military has been made, but anonymous US officials told Reuters the previous day that North Korea was returning a “sizeable number” of remains, which would be transported to an Air Force base in Hawaii.
President Trump also said during a press conference following the Singapore summit that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had agreed to return the remains of killed US soldiers “quickly”, and it was included in the joint statement signed by the two men.
Between 1990 and 2005, North Korea returned the remains of 229 American war dead, and repatriated another six in 2007.