Caskets that the USA shipped to the border last month haven't been filled, despite Kim Jong Un's pledge during his June 12 summit with President Donald Trump to immediately repatriate identified remains.
The significant first meeting with Your Excellency and the joint statement that we signed together in Singapore 24 days ago was indeed the start of a meaningful journey.
The Pentagon has shipped dozens of cases to Panmunjom in anticipation of receiving the remains of several USA troops.
On June 23, the U.S. Forces Korea said that it had moved 100 wooden "temporary transit cases" to the border to prepare for the remains' delivery.
The two sides had been expected to discuss at the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone the return of US troop remains from the 1950-1953 war - an arrangement that the State Department had announced after Secretary Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last Friday and Saturday.
"This step will build trust & confidence btw US & DPRK", he tweeted on Monday, using the acronym for North Korea's official name.
"North Korea apparently wants a USA general to appear at the table to quickly finalize the repatriation issue", the source said. Kim also agreed to repatriate remains of USA troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago.
"President Trump still believes that the agreement that was reached in Singapore where North Korea agreed to complete denuclearization represents a commitment that we can make progress on", Vice President Mike Pence told "Fox News" Tuesday in an interview. Roughly 5,300 United States troops presumed to have been killed in the Korean war are unaccounted for.
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The President released the letter in Korean with an English translation.
The American described the talks as "productive", but did not meet with Mr Kim.
"Repatriation of USA remains from North Korea will be important not just to American families, but to building trust between the US and North Korea as well", Pompeo said earlier this week.
The most contrarian nugget of Carlin's analysis was his assertion that the statement, and North Korean domestic media's coverage of the visit, suggests progress was made.
Pompeo underscored the importance he places on the issue earlier this week when he tweeted that North Korea had committed to repatriating remains. A confidential United States report presented to the UN security council, however, estimated the delivery of at least 759,793 barrels of oil products to North Korea between 1 January 1 and 30 May.
Mount said Trump's reaction would be a concern.
Trump has touted the return of remains as one of the successes of his historic June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore.