US identifies remains of more American soldiers from North Korea

US identifies remains of more American soldiers from North Korea
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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 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 released the identities of the first two troops in September.


Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea bans leather coats after Kim starts new fashion trend Belarus and Russia must resolve the migrant crisis on their own North Korea's Kim makes first public appearance in month 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 ShanahanProtection of critical military benefit shows bipartisanship can work Senators 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 MORE visited on Tuesday, according to Reuters.