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Pentagon: Remains from North Korea 'consistent' with Americans from Korean War

Pentagon: Remains from North Korea 'consistent' with Americans from Korean War
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A Department of Defense scientist said Thursday that the remains returned to the U.S. by North Korea are “consistent” with those of other Americans recovered from the Korean War.

“Everything we saw was consistent with indeed being from the Korean War, and consistent with these remains being good candidates for being missing Americans from the Korean War,” said John Byrd, the director of analysis for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), after a preliminary review.

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North Korea had agreed to return the remains of Americans killed in the Korean War as part of agreement reached between leader Kim Jong Un and President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE in Singapore in June.

The remains were flown out of North Korea last week. The Associated Press reported that only one military dog tag was included with the 55 boxes that were went.

Officials predict that it could take years to identify the remains.

About 5,300 Americans did not return from the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 until 1953.

Vice President Pence greeted the remains as they arrived in Hawaii on Wednesday, and attended a repatriation ceremony.

Trump thanked Kim in a tweet early Wednesday for the remains’ return, adding “l look forward to seeing you soon!”