Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

US, North Korea generals meet to discuss return of Korean War remains

US, North Korea generals meet to discuss return of Korean War remains

As one of my previous bosses reminded me, this is what happens when you miss a meeting. The meeting was to discuss repatriation of the remains of United States troops who died in the Korean War almost 70 years ago, another term agreed upon during the June 12 summit.

Pompeo unveiled the plan for the talks after visiting Pyongyang this month, touting it as one of the key issues on which the two sides had made progress, though the North accused his delegation of making "gangster-like" demands in connection with denuclearization during the trip.

According to a report in ABC News, a planned meeting between the two nations, scheduled to have taken place on Thursday, has been postponed on North Korea's request.

North Korea then proposed meeting U.S. military officials on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials have said.

US President Donald Trump holds up a document signed by him and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Pompeo initially said the two sides had agreed to hold talks on USA remains on Thursday but no North Korean representatives showed up at the border.

Citing an unnamed USA official, CNN reported that the us and the North were working to repatriate the remains of some 200 American troops in two to three weeks.

A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Seoul was not available for comment.

Kim Jong-un visits the Chungjin bag factory. KCNA via Reuters
Kim Jong-un visits the Chungjin bag factory. KCNA via Reuters

"Originally, I was a cooperator of the NIS and brought information to them", Ho said in an interview with South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

This is the first yank on the choke chain, in other words.

In the English version, dated July 6, Kim writes that the June 12 summit in Singapore "was indeed the start of a meaningful journey". Trump canceled the summit two months ago after a similar no-show and eruption of angry rhetoric from Pyongyang, and the point of this demand to the United Nations is to show that Trump's position hasn't changed.

Both China and Russian Federation continue to sell petroleum to North Korea.

It is reported that the North was unhappy with the low rank of that meeting and wanted it upgraded to involve generals.

Arirang-Meari says the media coverage shedding doubt on the North's willingness to denuclearize was being used by politicians with conservative tendencies to influence the Trump administration. Pompeo characterized the talks by saying that they "made progress on nearly all of the central issues, some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done". Kim appears to have a large stockpile of vanity (something Trump should certainly recognize), and the best way to manipulate him may be to flatter him.

"We will be ready", she said.

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