President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE on Thursday released the identities of the first two American soldiers whose remains were returned from North Korea earlier this year as part of negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified two Korean War veterans among the remains that were repatriated: Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, 32, of Vernon, Ind.; and Pfc. William H. Jones, 19, of Nash County, N.C.
"These HEROES are home, they may Rest In Peace, and hopefully their families can have closure," Trump tweeted after sharing their identities.
...North Korea to be identified as a result of my Summit with Chairman Kim. These HEROES are home, they may Rest In Peace, and hopefully their families can have closure.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2018
Kim agreed to return the remains of Korean War soldiers as part of an agreement reached in June during a summit with Trump.
About 7,000 U.S. service members from the Korean War remain unaccounted for, with DPAA estimating that about 5,300 were lost in North Korea.
In July, North Korea turned over 55 cases of remains believed to be of U.S. troops.
DPAA director Kelly McKeague said earlier Thursday that the Pentagon has offered to meet with the North Koreans next month to discuss joint operations to recover additional remains. McKeague expressed hope that the operation could then start next spring.
Trump has highlighted the return of Korean War remains as a significant achievement of his administration, and a sign of progress in relations between the U.S. and North Korea amid a broader push for North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
Kim pledged during meetings with South Korea's president this week to dismantle his nuclear arsenal, contingent on unspecified reciprocal action by the U.S.
Rebecca Kheel contributed to this story.