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Military artifacts have been found, left behind by NKorea
The military elements that were returned in apparent remains of American soldiers by North Korea.
Human remains returned to the US from North Korea last week, consistent with the Americans,” said an official who saw the contents of the 55 boxes.
It is too early to know how many people are inside of the boxes, John E. Byrd, a government scientist, is head of the laboratory studied the remains, told reporters on Thursday.
A U.S. airmen stands guard next to coffins with the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean war and collected in North Korea, before a repatriation ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.
(Jung Yeon-je/Pool Photo via AP)
The remains are currently “undergoing forensic analysis” at the laboratory in Hawaii, said another official, adding that the United States is “cautiously optimistic” about the situation.
The Pentagon revealed exclusively to Fox News military equipment, which was found among the remains, including several pairs of shoes, two helmets, several canteens, bottles, dozens of buttons, buckles, a bayonet handle, socks and a pair of what appeared to be fingerless gloves.
NORTH KOREA, 1 DOG TAG, 55 THE SOLDIER REMAINS, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS GIVEN
A dog tag of a US army soldier, was among the recovered equipment, and two sons of the deceased soldiers will receive the dog-day next week.
Most of the remains returned to the U.S. were from the village of Sinheung Ri, near the Chosin Reservoir. The site is hosted, a famous battle, from November to December of 1950, during the Korean war.
Members of the military stand at attention after placing the distributor gear in a hanger at a ceremony, the adopted marking the arrival of the remains of American service members who fell in the Korean war Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.
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Byrd added that of all the possibilities, what surprised him the most was “the big concern is that the North Koreans, the KPA soldiers took in the packaging and preparation of those yet to be handed over to us.”
“They were very carefully packaged with padding and packaging, which was made, I believe, to a very high standard,” he said.
Officials: Remains ‘consistent’ with missing Americans
To recover if any of the unarmed, U.S. officials plan to return to North Korea for more remains from the war, the Korean people’s army of the North, the safety, officials said.
Vice President Pence, said on Wednesday during a ceremony in Hawaii, the return of the remains is a sign of “significant progress in our efforts to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
Pence added that, during the process of identification of the soldiers will be long “, which they are known but to God … but soon we will know your name, and we will tell their stories of courage.”
The remains were handed over as part of an agreement between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un after their June summit.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
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