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Weekend Reads North Korea snubs US on returning Korean War dead — and it's a slap in the face for Trump

02:25  13 july  2018
02:25  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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North Korean officials did not show up to meet US officials to discuss returning the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War on Thursday, and it ' s essentially a slap in the face to President Donald Trump . When Trump made history by meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in

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  • North Korean officials did not show up to meet US officials to discuss returning the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War on Thursday.
  • Kim Jong Un's joint statement with President Donald Trump explicitly said North Korea would "immediately" return the bodies.
  • Returning the bodies costs North Korea nothing in a military sense, and is mainly a symbolic gesture of goodwill.
  • North Korea said they wanted to negotiate with a US general about sending the bodies back.
  • But if North Korea is being this difficult over something small and symbolic, it's hard to see how they'd go about giving up their nuclear weapons.

North Korean officials did not show up to meet US officials to discuss returning the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War on Thursday, and it's essentially a slap in the face to President Donald Trump.

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North Korean officials did not show up to meet US officials to discuss returning the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War on Thursday, and it ' s essentially a slap in the face to President Donald Trump . When Trump made history by meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in

When Trump made history by meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June under the stated aim of denuclearizing the rogue state, Trump didn't get many concrete promises out of Pyongyang.

But one thing Kim agreed to in writing was "recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified."

"The repatriation of the Korean War remains is significant in that it partially closes a painful chapter in US-Korea relations," Benjamin Young, a North Korea expert from George Washington University told Business Insider. "It’s significant from a historical perspective and is symbolic. "

But North Korea did not immediately repatriate any bodies. By blowing off the meeting, as South Korea's Yonhap News reported, North Korea has shown it can be difficult even over symbolic gestures of kindness.

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North Korean officials did not show up to meet US officials to discuss returning the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War on July 12, 2018, and it ' s essentially a slap in the North Korea sticking it to Trump . North Korea leader Kim Jong Un inspects Chunghung farm in Samjiyon County.

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Thousands of 100-year-olds asked Trump to get the bodies back?

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After the summit, Trump really pressed the idea that returning the bodies was a significant achievement by making some dubious claims.

Trump said "thousands" of parents of Korean War soldiers asked him to get the remains back, but the Korean War took place from 1950-1953, meaning those parents would have been born around the 1920s, and approaching 100 years old today; it seems likely this figure includes surviving relatives of the deceased who are still seeking closure.

Later in June, he claimed 200 bodies had been returned, but provided no evidence. North Korean officials have said they have identified the remains of about 200 US soldiers, so it's unclear why North Korea would still be meeting if it had returned the bodies.

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North Korea's latest snub follows Kim Jong Un electing to go to a potato farm rather than meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean media bashing the US's stance on denuclearization as "gangster-like."

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North Korean officials did not show up to a planned meeting with US officials at the demilitarized zone CNN reported last month that the Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to Trump also again touted his meeting with the Kim Jong Un, calling it “an amazing meeting” and

Trump tweeted accompanying a Korean and English version of the note from Kim. In the note, Kim calls Trump "Your Excellency" four times, once For decades, the US would not talk to North Korea , which has killed foreign and US citizens while maintaining one of the worst human rights regimes on

While Trump likely played up the demand by living US parents of Korean War veterans for their remains, returing the bodies would undoubtedly improve relations and build trust.

Kim has not agreed to take any steps towards denuclearization, and there's ample signs that North Korea has continued to pursue nuclear weapons.

But Kim did agree to bring back the bodies. Sending the bodies back would demonstrate that North Korea can be trusted to some degree, and cost Pyongyang nothing in terms of military posture.

North Korea called for a US general to negotiate with them the return of the remains of US soldiers as soon as Sunday, Yonhap reported.

If North Korea drags its feet on making good on an explicit promises to deliver a symbolic and kind gesture, it doesn't bode well for the larger goal of denuclearization.

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