North Koreans Are No Show At The DMZ For U.S. War Dead Talks

Caskets containing the remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War that were discovered in and repatriated from North Korea arrive at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 12, 2007. | REUTERS

Washington Post: North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains

SEOUL — North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the U.S. military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.

The two sides had been expected to meet at the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone and discuss the return of U.S. troop remains from the 1950-1953 war — an arrangement that the State Department had announced after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang last Friday and Saturday.

State Department officials had said that the meeting would likely take place on July 12, though they added that the date could shift.

On Thursday, however, Department of Defense and United Nations Command officials were left waiting in the DMZ’s Joint Security Area. The expected North Korean officials never arrived, according to the official who requested anonymity as he was not permitted to talk publicly about the event.

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Update #1: North Koreans Are No Show at U.S. War Dead Talks, Yonhap Reports (Bloomberg)
Update #2: Excavations for Remains of U.S. Service Members in North Korea May Resume (OAN)

WNU Editor: From what I am reading, the North Koreans want money in exchange for these remains, and this is their way of showing their displeasure when the Americans offered nothing during Pompeo's visit last week.

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