The remains of US soldiers returned to the United States by North Korea seem to come from the site of a famous battle of the Korean War, said Thursday a US official.
According to the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the US agency dealing with the issues of missing soldiers, most of the remains would come from a village near the site of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, which had made thousands of American victims in November and December 1950.
“The remains are related to the famous battle,” said John Byrd, director of scientific analysis at the DPAA, during a video conference call from Hawaii, where arrived Wednesday 55 containers containing the remains.
These have been “carefully conditioned” by North Koreans, added the expert, who stressed that further analysis will be needed.
Many countries fought in the Korean War (1950-1953), but the objects accompanying the remains – buttons, belts, boots – suggest in his opinion that they are those of American soldiers.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged at his historic 12 June summit in Singapore with US President Donald Trump to “find the remains of prisoners of war and missing soldiers” and “repatriate immediately those who have already been identified “.
For Washington, the return of these dozens of remains is only a “first step”, with more than 5,300 Americans engaged in the Korean War never having returned home.