NKorea provided just 1 dog tag with 55 sets of war remains

A Korean veterans remembrance ceremony in 2017

Reports earlier this month revealed that the hermit kingdom is building a nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine, which came on the heels of CIA and other intelligence agencies telling NBC News that North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium.

Some of the cringe-worthy Kim Jong-il paintings I saw in North Korea, not unlike the adulatory Trump propaganda portraits I've seen circulating lately. He declined to say whether Pyongyang is constructing new missiles.

A senior official at South Korea's presidential Blue House said Seoul was open to China's involvement in any peace agreement, but said no decisions had been made. Many experts say North Korea merely intends to weaken the sanctions and has no intention of fully giving up its nuclear weapons.

North Korea may want to use the remains' return to keep diplomacy with the United States alive and win a reciprocal U.S. concession.

The remains were then moved in gray vans to an airfield where US and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into transport planes.

The latest batch of 55 boxes of remains from North Korea has just been received, and appears to fit the historic pattern. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged during Senate testimony last week that North Korean factories "continue to produce fissile material" used in making nuclear weapons.

In South Korea, the accounting agency would "look for any anomalies", and "then the forensics will begin when we land them in Hawaii where the laboratory is", he said.

Between 1990 and 2005, 229 sets of remains were returned to the USA, but co-operation halted as relations deteriorated alongside the development of North Korea's nuclear programme.

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Experts said it was still unclear whether the rivals can reach any breakthrough agreement on reducing tensions in the near future because South Korea, in close consultations with the United States, must link any expansion of ties to progress in North Korea's nuclear disarmament.

Efforts to recover remains in North Korea have been fraught with political and other obstacles since the war ended on July 27, 1953.

That was the case with US negotiations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and more recently with Iran, "which continued to build more centrifuges capable of producing nuclear material even as it negotiated with the United States to limit those capabilities", Wit said.

Remember that really great summit Trump had with Kim Jong-un in Singapore last month?

While President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter in recent weeks that North Korea is "no longer a Nuclear Threat", the regime continues to construct new missiles, according to us intelligence officials who spoke with the Washington Post. "We have not been taken for a ride", he said.

The June 12 joint declaration signed by Trump and Kim in Singapore essentially restates what Kim committed to in Panmunjom.

However, officials did note to the Washington Post that another launch facility - the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on the West Coast - was being partially dismantled.

Between 1990 and 2005 229 sets of remains from the North were repatriated, but those operations were suspended when ties worsened over Pyongyang's banned nuclear weapons programme.

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