N. Korea does not show up for talks on return of the American war dead

Published on 12 Jul 2018, 9:53
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It was expected that representatives of North Korea and the U.S. would meet at Panmunjom today to discuss returning the remains of the U.S. troops that were killed during the Korean War.
But the North,... did not show up,... and left the U.S. side waiting all day.
Park Hee-jun reports.
Officials from North Korea were expected to meet today with UN officials representing the United States... to discuss repatriating the remains of American troops who went missing in action during the Korean War.
But it looks like the North stood them up.

Returning the remains was something that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un promised to do when he met last month with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore.
Talks on implementing the agreement were orginally supposed to start Thursday morning at the truce village of Panmunjom,... as agreed last week in Pyongyang by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong-chol.
But according to Yonhap News, citing a diplomatic source,... the North Korean officials had not showed up for the meeting as of Thursday afternoon.
The U.S. has already sent a hundred wooden caskets to Panmunjom,... which are on stand-by to carry the soldiers' remains back home.

The agreement to return them was considered a huge step forward in building trust between Pyongyang and Washington.
It's not known why the North Korean officials were not present, and it's also unclear whether the talks will be postponed to another date.
But what is clear,... is that the no-show is not a positive signal for North Korea-U.S. relations.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.

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