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N. Korea Returning Remains of US Missing PDF Print E-mail
North Korea has accepted two truckloads of wooden transfer caskets from the U.S. for the repatriation of the remains of about 50 U.S. troops missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, and the repatriation process could begin Friday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

A representative of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reportedly is in South Korea for the possible transfer, but there was no immediate confirmation from the DPAA.

"North Korea recently took two truckloads of wooden boxes to be used for the remains repatriation. It's expected to hand over the remains on July 27 as agreed upon," Yonhap said, citing a diplomatic source.

In the past, North Korea has chosen significant dates for major policy moves or statements. Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.

U.S. Forces Korea earlier this month moved about 100 transfer caskets near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in anticipation of repatriations.

Last week, a U.S. military team led by Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Minihan, chief of staff of the United Nations Command, held two days of talks on remains recovery with North Korean counterparts at the Panmunjom peace village on the DMZ.

The specifics of the remains recovery are unclear, but Yonhap said the plan is for a U.S. team from United Nations Command to fly to Kalma airport near Wonsan on North Korea's east coast to take custody of the remains.
 
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