SINGAPORE – The most tangible result of Tuesday’s summit between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and appeared as an effort to recover the remains of AMERICAN soldiers missing in action and presumed dead from the Korean War.
In a joint statement, signed by the leaders of the countries committed to the recovery of the remains and the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
The statement was otherwise filled with a vague declaration of intent vows for the peace and the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Washington and Pyongyang agreed to hold follow-up talks at the “earliest possible date” between the AMERICAN Minister of foreign affairs, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high North Korean official.
Almost 7,800 AMERICAN troops remain missing from the war of 1950-53. About 5,300 lost in North Korea.
The question is whether North Korea’s commitment to restore the AMERICAN war, can count as a major victory for Washington as Pyongyang would simply return to how it was for years. Between 1996 and 2005, joint U.S.-North Korea military search teams conducted 33 joint recovery operations and recovered 229 sets of American remains.
But the efforts to recover and return the remains have been stuck for more than a decade, because of the North development of nuclear weapons, and the US claims that the safety of recovery teams during the administration of President George W. Bush was not sufficiently guaranteed.
According to the Pentagon, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, most of the missing Americans died in great battles or as prisoners of war. Others died along the side of the road or in small villages. Many of the losses of the plane crashes also occurred near battle zones or roads to connect.
North Korea and the United States remain technically at war because the fighting ended with an armistice, not peace. Washington officially broke the program, because it claimed that the safety of the users is not guaranteed, although the North of the first nuclear test, in 2006, was probably a bigger reason. Critics of the program argued the North was using the deal to squeeze money out of Washington, called the “bones for the dollar.”