Trump thanks Kim for handing over remains of war dead

President Trump speaks during a meeting with inner-city pastors at the White House on Wednesday

Trump's Twitter post on Thursday thanked Kim for returning the remains of some American war dead from the 1950-1953 Korean War. "I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action", Trump wrote in a Twitter message. "Also, thank you for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!"

It's confirmed, President Donald Trump did receive a letter from his North Korean counterpart.

U.S. President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the two continue to discuss Pyongyang's commitment at a recent Singapore summit to rid itself of nuclear weapons, but no second meeting is now planned, the White House said on Thursday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the letters addressed their commitment to work toward North Korea's "complete denuclearization".

"I spoke to the president shortly after the ceremony, and I told him I'm not sure he's given me a greater honor", Pence said.

The Hawaii military laboratory that analyzes and identifies the remains is planning to double the number of people working on its Korean War team to 10 from five as a result of this week's influx, chief scientist John Byrd said, noting that the process of DNA sampling would begin immediately. "But soon we will know their names and we will tell their stories of courage".

An honor guard signals a command as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu on August 1.

North Korea delivered only one identification tag among the 55 caskets sent home on July 27.

He said samples from the remains would be sent to the Armed Forces Identification Laboratories at Dover Air Force Base in DE to begin the DNA process. Still, the delivery rekindled hopes of continued denuclearization talks with North Korea.

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Last Friday, . coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Armistice Agreement, .

The United States said during a solemn ceremony on Wednesday the human remains presumably included Americans killed in the Korean War and thanked North Korea for making good on its pledge to hand them over.

The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear programme.

Trump also took to Twitter earlier to praise an "incredibly handsome ceremony" in Hawaii, where Vice President Mike Pence helped welcome the remains to the United States. But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten.

The remains handed over by North Korea last week in 55 boxes are "consistent with being Americans", based on an initial examination, although none has been positively identified, a USA scientist who has seen the remains said today.

Military pallbearers carry the remains of USA 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.

While North Korea at times has unilaterally handed over boxes of remains, as the country did this week, more fruitful in the eyes of US officials have been joint efforts to find and recover remains with American personnel on the ground.

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