US Welcomes Remains Of War Dead Soldiers From North Korea

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New U.S. Ambassador to Seoul Harry Harris said there must be "demonstrable moves" from North Korea toward denuclearization before any declaration of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War is made between the two sides.

President Trump said early Thursday that he is looking forward to meeting again soon with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite satellite imagery that suggests the North is constructing new missiles.

The White House did not provide details on the specific content of the letter, which was received Wednesday.

In a solemn ceremony, the United States welcomed home on Wednesday human remains it said presumably included Americans killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War, and thanked North Korea for making good on a June summit pledge to hand them over.

The Washington Post reported this week that USA spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.

With little public sign of progress toward Trump's aim of Korean denuclearisation, the White House said the letter followed up on the pair's Jun 12 summit.

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Trump has continually touted his June Singapore summit as a success and praised Kim.

The U.S. military flew the remains from Osan Air Base in South Korea after they had undergone an initial review.

Harris, who held a news conference for local media on Thursday at the USA ambassador's residence, is making his views known only a few weeks after arriving in South Korea.

US intelligence agencies are seeing signs of construction of missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, The Washington Post reported earlier this week, citing intel sources.

Experts say that the painstaking identification process could take anywhere between days to decades to complete. "But we'll see what happens", Trump said.

But it is not clear if those remains have been repatriated as well.

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