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Trump receives ‘nice letter’ from Kim Jong-un following up on summit

Trump receives ‘nice letter’ from Kim Jong-un following up on summit

Last week, North Korea handed over what is believed to be the remains of 55 USA soldiers who died during the 1950-1953 Korean War, following through on an agreement made between the two leaders at their historic Singapore Summit in June.

Last Friday, . coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Armistice Agreement, .

Harris, who held a news conference for local media on Thursday at the US ambassador's residence, is making his views known only a few weeks after arriving in South Korea.

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. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Flag draped transfer cases with the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea are seen during a repatriation ceremony after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1, 2018.

In his address, Pence said the remains are only the first batch sent to the United States.

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

Trump has maintained his optimism about North Korea's denuclearization, while saying there is no time limit on the negotiations.

"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.

More than 35,000 Americans died on the Korean Peninsula and 7,702 are still unaccounted for, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The remains will immediately be subjected to DNA testing to see if they match DNA in the DPAA's database.

On Wednesday, 55 sets of remains were repatriated to the U.S., where they were received at a ceremony in Hawaii.

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

He said samples from the remains would be sent to the Armed Forces Identification Laboratories at Dover Air Force Base in DE to begin the DNA process.

The audience, which was made up by Vice President Mike Pence and Korean War veterans, watched as each of the American flag draped caskets was offloaded and brought into Hanger 19.

Lab officials also will check to see whether any teeth are among the remains, and if so, compare them with a database of dental records of service members missing from the Korean War.

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