Trump receives letter from N.K. leader: White House

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meet in Singapore on Aug. 4 2018 in this

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meet in Singapore on Aug. 4 2018 in this

He aded: 'We are very hopeful that in today's events there is further evidence that promises made in Singapore by North Korea will be kept'.

Military equipment was also found among the remains, including boots, canteens, buttons and buckles. U.S. Marines also fought in the famous battle, but mainly along the reservoir's western side. US officials say they have already contacted the family of a service member whose dog tag was returned.

Military members stand at attention after placing transfer cases in a hanger at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

It also reported that North Korean officials have discussed how they plan to deceive the U.S. about the size of their arsenal of missiles and nuclear warheads and facilities.

The Hawaii military laboratory that analyzes and identifies the remains is planning to double the number of people working on its Korean War team to 10 from five as a result of this week's influx, chief scientist John Byrd said, noting that the process of DNA sampling would begin immediately.

"There's no reason to doubt it could be Americans given the context", Byrd said.

Additionally, if any unarmed US officials plan to return to North Korea to recover additional remains from the war, the Korean People's Army of the North will provide security, officials said.

The foreign ministers of the ASEAN Plus Three member states pose for

President Trump publicly thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Thursday for returning the remains of USA soldiers who died in the Korean War; adding he looks forward to meeting the communist ruler in the near future.

Lab officials also will check to see whether any teeth are among the remains, and if so, compare them with a database of dental records of service members missing from the Korean War. Mr. Trump had said after their summit in Singapore with Kim that he would like the leader to come to the White House for a visit.

"We have responded to Chairman Kim's letter, the president has".

McKeague did not say whether the United States would continue reimbursing North Korea, should field operations in the country resume.

McKeague said he was "guardedly optimistic" that the repatriation would be the "first step of others to account for our missing from the Korean War".

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, where they announced an agreement in which Kim reaffirmed his "unwavering" commitment to denuclearize.

Sanders also reaffirmed the U.S's firm commitment on the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, . He said he "would go back in an instant if we were asked to".

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