USA identifies remains of two servicemen killed in the Korean War

Jennie Jin a forensic anthropologist shows some of the objects that accompanied the human remains handed over by North Korea

Jennie Jin a forensic anthropologist shows some of the objects that accompanied the human remains handed over by North Korea

Some Korean War remains obtained from North Korea have been identified as U.S. service members, Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed Tuesday.

"There's been already some closure for a couple of families that have waited many, many years for this", Mattis told Pentagon reporters.

"One of the reasons that we were able to identify them so quickly [was because their remains] were more complete than usual so it gave us more to look at and narrow down the identity with", Dr. John Byrd, Laboratory Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accountability Agency said.

The names of the servicemen will be announced after their families have been notified.

President Donald Trump's administration on the other had have started hailing the handover of its troops remains which will serve as an evidence of successful summit with the North Korean President, Kim Jong Un which was held in June.

The latest identifications will chip away at the 7,699 U.S. troops who the United States military says remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

A small group of journalists was given access on Monday to a secure facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where forensic anthropologists are combing through the remains handed over by Pyongyang in July.

The remains identified came from box 14 and box 16 of the 55 boxes, DPAA officials told the military paper.

Korean People's Army soldiers stand beneath the entrance to a pavillion before the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) at the truce village of Panmunjom on the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.

Byrd acknowledged that it could take months for the next round of identifications.

After the USA military informs family members, it plans to announce their names in the coming days, the officials said.

On Monday, the Pentagon said United Nations military officials met with North Korean counterparts last week to discuss the repatriation of additional remains.

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