The Pentagon announced Tuesday it has identified a total of six troops from the remains North Korea gave the U.S. last year from the Korean War.
Lt. Col. Ken Hoffman, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Account Agency (DPAA), told Reuters that four families have been notified of the remains while two had still yet to be notified.
North Korea gave the U.S. 55 boxes of human remains last year as part of nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington. President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE released the identities of the first two troops in September.
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korean showcases shirtless soldiers lying on broken glass, smashing bricks on head North Korea's Kim rips US, promises 'invincible' military North Korea's Kim notes 'grim' economy while marking anniversary of ruling party MORE committed after their first nuclear summit in June last year to recover the remains of troops killed in the Korean War. North Korea handed over the 55 boxes a month later, a move Trump hailed as a sign of progress.
The DPAA, which works to retrieve the remains of U.S. service members around the world, said earlier this year it had not heard from North Korea since February, when the second nuclear summit between Washington and Pyongyang collapsed without an agreement. It said it had suspended efforts for 2019 to recover the estimated 5,300 Americans believed to be lost in what is modern-day North Korea.
Forensic anthropologists are examining the remains at a facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, which acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanSenators introducing bill to penalize Pentagon for failed audits Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon MORE visited on Tuesday, according to Reuters.