Remains from North Korea likely American soldiers who fought at Chosin Reservoir

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A USA airman stands guard next to caskets containing remains of US 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. Vice-President Mike Pence and U.S. military leaders received the remains in Hawaii during a sombre ceremony on Wednesday.

While it's hoped that the repatriation will build momentum toward North Korea's nuclear disarmament, . many say the progress towards securing a firm commitment from Pyongyang has been slow.

Byrd told Pentagon reporters Thursday that along with the remains North Korea provided the identification "dog tag" of an American servicemember, typically a metal military identification worn around the neck.

With the remains having been returned to the United States, the Defense P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting Agency, a Department of Defense outfit, now has the hard task of identifying them, which could take months, according to The New York Times.

As he secured a commitment for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, @POTUS also secured a promise from Chairman Kim to return the remains of all fallen USA service-members lost in North Korea.

Byrd cautioned that the 55 boxes did not necessarily equate to the remains of 55 individuals.

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"One of the things that hasn't happened is the demonstrable moves toward denuclearization before we can entertain something like the end-of-war declaration", Harris said, according to Yonhap. He said numerous remains appear to have come from a village associated with the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a harrowing fight against Chinese forces in late 1950 that claimed thousands of American lives. The site hosted a famous battle fought from November to December of 1950 during the Korean War.

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"Looking back on it, I would say it was challenging but very successful", said Byrd, who took part in the joint field operations that stretched from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. USA officials say they have already contacted the family of a service member whose dog tag was returned.

The agency's officials expressed confidence that the remains the North Koreans handed over this week were indeed those of Americans service members who died during the war.

But other techniques such as comparing teeth to dental records and bones to chest X-rays are also used.

Military equipment was also found among the remains, including boots, canteens, buttons and buckles.

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