White House: Donald Trump Received August Letter from Kim Jong

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

The Commander-in-Chief praised Kim's decision to return the remains just hours after Vice President Pence received the war heroes at a ceremony in Hawaii; saying he appreciates the regime's "kind action".

Military pallbearers carry the remains of US 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.

Both McKeague and Byrd expressed hope that North Korea would allow the resumption of joint U.S.

The U.S. military sent 200 boxes to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea in anticipation of the latest transfer, but North Korea handed over only 55 boxes, McKeague said, explaining that U.S. officials didn't know the specifics in advance.

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If the United States and its allies move too quickly and make irreversible moves, then fail, such results will only benefit Kim Jong Un, Harris said.

That process will also determine if each box contains the remains of more than one individual.

"I would go back in an instant if we were asked to", said Byrd who participated in numerous earlier search missions.

McKeague said that DPAA has a DNA database from 92 percent of the families of the estimated 7,700 US service members still listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War and DNA comparisons with the remains from the 55 cases would begin shortly.

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"Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war, but today we prove these heroes were never forgotten", Pence said during his speech. US officials say they have already contacted the family of a service member whose dog tag was returned. He said numerous remains appear to have come from a village associated with the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a harrowing fight against Chinese forces in late 1950 that claimed thousands of American lives.

U.S. President Donald Trump shows the document, that he and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signed acknowledging the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

"They had been very carefully packaged with padding and packaging that was done to, I think, a very high standard", he said. The remains will immediately be subjected to DNA testing to see if they match DNA in the DPAA's database. It was the first repatriation of remains since 2005.

Investigators will also use dental records and chest x-rays to further analyze the remains for a possible identification.

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