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U.S. Army Col. Sam Lee command chaplain United Nations Command renders honors to cases containing the possible remains of service members lost in the Korean War of Korea Osan Air Base Republic of Korea

U.S. Identifies Remains of Two Service Members Returned From North Korea

USA forensic scientists have identified the remains of two soldiers killed in the Korean War, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on Tuesday.

However, according to director of scientific analysis at the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, John Byrd among the undergoing remains review that at the moment the family members will not be notified at first.

The U.S. estimates that some 5,300 American soldiers' remains have yet to be recovered from North Korea.

Almost 7,700 US service members were listed as missing and unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Praising the "good work" of forensic scientists, the Pentagon chief said they had been able to quickly identify the two remains thanks to a variety of information, including where they had been found.

Fifty-five boxes of human remains were delivered from North Korea to Hawaii in late July, a deal made by President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. One set was identified as a tall black American. Nevertheless, the Forensic anthropologists are now combing all the remains in a secure facility in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. They have thus far analyzed DNA from about half of the boxes, with some remains in better condition than others.

But the next round of identifications might take longer and might be completed "right after Christmas", Byrd added. Jennie Jin and Byrd, who were the coordinators at the Korean War agency's Project, elaborated and said that the identification process is painstaking which also includes finding DNA from within the bone fragments.

A United Nations Command delegation led by US Air Force Major General Michael Minihan met with North Korean officials at Panmunjom Friday to discuss "military-to-military efforts to support any potential future return of remains", AFP reported Tuesday.

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