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US Halts Program to Return Remains of War Dead from N Korea


7Dnews London

Wed, 08 May 2019 17:36 GMT

The Pentagon said on Wednesday, May 8th, that it has suspended a joint effort with North Korea to recover the remains of US servicemen after Pyongyang stopped communicating in the wake of the failed Hanoi summit.

The effort saw the remains of more than 50 US servicemen, killed in the 1950s Korean war, handed over by North Korea last year in a sign of improved relations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, AFP has reported.

But communications on the program halted after the two leaders failed to make progress in talks on North Korea's nuclear program in their February summit in Hanoi, according to Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

North Korean officials "have not communicated with DPAA since the Hanoi Summit," Prichard said in a statement.

"As a result, our efforts to communicate with the Korean People's Army regarding the possible resumption of joint recovery operations for 2019 has been suspended."

"We have reached the point where we can no longer effectively plan, coordinate, and conduct field operations" with North Korea, he said.