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U.S to resume search for missing service members in North Korea

The United States said it would be resuming field operations to search for estimated 5,300 Americans who are yet to return home from North Korea.

The US said it would also recommence the repatriation of remains of Americans who were killed in the Korean War.

The US Department of Defense, in a statement, said the UN Command with support from US Forces Korea, on Friday, repatriated 55 cases of remains of fallen US service members returned by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea.

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Pentagon also said a US cargo aircraft flew to Wonson, North Korea, to receive the remains and returned promptly to Osan Air Base, South Korea.

Pentagon quoted a White House statement as saying North Korea’s actions “represent a significant first step to recommence the repatriation of remains from North Korea and to resume field operations in North Korea to search for the estimated 5,300 Americans who have not yet returned home”.

The White House said, “The United States owes a profound debt of gratitude to those American service members who gave their lives in service to their country and we are working diligently to bring them home.

“It is a solemn obligation of the United States government to ensure that the remains are handled with dignity and properly accounted for so their families receive them in an honorable manner”.

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