Following the Defense Writers Group conversation September 20, 2018, Rebecca Kheel of The Hill wrote:
"The Pentagon has offered to meet with the North Koreans in the last week of October in a third-party country to negotiate joint excavation operations to recover more Korean War remains, the head of the agency in charge of the mission said Thursday.
The agency would hope to start the operations in spring 2019, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) director Kelly McKeague added.
“We fully expect to be able to reach a suitable arrangement that is compatible with both nations and our objectives,” he told the Defense Writer’s Group.
Recovering Korean War remains was one the commitments President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to at their Singapore summit in June.
About 7,000 U.S. service members from the Korean War remain unaccounted for, with DPAA estimating that about 5,300 were lost in North Korea.
In July, North Korea turned over 55 cases of remains believed to be of U.S. troops.
DPAA has identified two people in that set of remains so far. The Army notified one family Tuesday and the other family Wednesday, McKeague said Thursday.
McKeague would not reveal the identity of the soldiers Thursday morning, saying the White House has requested to do that. He said he expects the announcement to come either later Thursday at Vice President Pence’s event at the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation or Friday as part of Trump’s POW/MIA Recognition Day proclamation."
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