North Korea didn't show up at meeting with U.S.

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

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

According to senior US officials, leader Kim Jong Un made the agreement with President Trump during their summit last month. McKeague said no new remains had been returned since the Trump-Kim talks.

North Korean officials didn't show up for a planned meeting with US counterparts to discuss returning the remains of American war dead, South Korean media reported, in the latest sign of tensions between the two sides. But it didn't commence at the scheduled time as North Korean officials didn't show up.

More details were not immediately available.

At high-level talks last week, North Korea and the USA confirmed they are still poles apart on the next steps to be taken in the process.

South Korea said on Tuesday it has chose to scrap an annual government mobilization drill this year as part of a suspended joint exercise with the United States but will carry out its own drills to maintain readiness.The ministers of safety and defense made the announcement at a media briefing on Tuesday.

American officials have been on standby for weeks and have sent wooden coffins and flags to Panmunjom in preparation for a handover.

The other points included a general commitment to the "complete denuclearization" of the divided peninsula, joint efforts to build "a lasting and stable peace regime", and improved bilateral relations. "It is likely that military generals from the US and North Korea will take part in the meeting".

However, recovery efforts were suspended when the relationship between both countries worsened, as the North began the advancement of its nuclear programme.

On Monday Trump reiterated his confidence in Kim.

South Korea's urbanization is one reason why more than a 1,000 US service members are unaccounted for, said McKeague. 5,300 of that number are believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, which marks the border between the two Koreas. He also told supporters in Nevada that North Korea had already handed over 200 sets of remains. Identities would not be confirmed until after what is often a lengthy and complicated forensics process.

"It does underscore the difficulty of negotiating with North Korea toward the end of denuclearization", former Rear Admiral John Kirby said to CNN's Poppy Harlow as they broke the news.

Pompeo's reception in Pyongyang last week was chillier than during his previous two trips to the North Korean capital and he didn't meet with Kim Jong Un.

"Rocket Man" is a nickname Trump used to mock Kim past year when the two traded insults over North Korea's testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles targeted at the US.

The most contrarian nugget of Carlin's analysis was his assertion that the statement, and North Korean domestic media's coverage of the visit, suggests progress was made.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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