“Great moment” as N. Korea returns U.S. war remains

Jul 27, 2018, 3:24 AM EDT
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North Korea on Friday handed over the possible remains of 55 American soldiers killed during the Korean War, in a step that marks Pyongyang’s first action to fulfill one of the four commitments agreed in the landmark Singapore summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump hailed the move as a “great moment” and thanked Kim for “the significant step,” which is believed to rekindle hopes for progress in nuclear talks, notes The Guardian.

The development comes as a diplomatic coup for Trump, given that the attempts to recover the remains of American war dead from N. Korea have hit roadblocks in the past amid rising tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, reports Reuters. The next step involves resuming filed operations in N. Korea to find the estimated 5,300 Americans missing since the 1950-53 conflict.