Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

United States identifies two sets of Korean War remains: Mattis

United States identifies two sets of Korean War remains: Mattis

Two of the sets of Korean War remains that were returned from North Korea belonged to US servicemen during the Korean War.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that experts chose to focus on these two sets of remains as they thought "they had a better chance", considering reasons including where the remains had been found and the background Washington had.

The forensic teams have reportedly analyzed 23 of the 55 sets of remains, though some are more complete than others.

However, according to director of scientific analysis at the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, John Byrd among the undergoing remains review that at the moment the family members will not be notified at first.

Both service members were determined to have died in late 1950 near the Chongchon River and the remains were identified using DNA analysis and historical documents, The Wall Street Journal reported.

President Donald Trump's administration has hailed the handover of the remains as evidence of the success of his summit with North Koran leader Kim Jong Un in June.

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"It's a huge battle", said Jin, who estimated that 1,700 of the missing USA forces from the war came from that fight alone.

The U.S. estimates that some 5,300 American soldiers' remains have yet to be recovered from North Korea. The Defense Department laboratory in Hawaii is working to identify them.

Richard Downes, whose father, Air Force Lt. Hal Downes, is among the Korean War missing, said this turnover of remains, having drawn worldwide attention, has the potential to put the USA back on track to finding and eventually identifying many more.

Scientists say it is unclear whether some of the boxes contain the remains of more than one body.

The July transfer coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and US-led forces under the UN Command.

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