Although President Donald Trump has publicly thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for fulfilling the promise he made at their June 12 Singapore summit to return American war remains, USA officials had cautioned that little was known about the remains and that they could not be quickly identified.
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.
The country also agreed to return the remains of Americans killed in the Korean War.
Pence said Trump secured a commitment from Kim during their June summit to return the remains of USA service members who were killed in the 1950-53 war. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea. Vice President Mike Pence and US military leaders received the remains in Hawaii during a somber ceremony on Wednesday. Critics say the summit has so far failed to deliver on promised steps toward denuclearisation by Pyongyang.
The U.S. ambassador also expressed skepticism regarding North Korea's dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and the missile site at Tongchang-ri. U.S. Marines also fought in the famous battle, but mainly along the reservoir's western side.
Still, the initial field forensic review indicated the "remains are what North Korea said they were", Byrd said.
In a landmark summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, Kim, who is seeking relief from tough sanctions, committed in a broad statement to work toward denuclearization, but Pyongyang has offered no details as to how it might go about this.
The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that US intelligence officials suspect that North Korea is continuing to build new missiles in the same research facility that manufactured the country's ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.
Experts say that the painstaking identification process could take anywhere between days to decades to complete.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week that North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs despite its pledge to denuclearize. He said during a Tuesday rally in Tampa, Florida, that the USA was "doing well" with North Korea and noted the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear testing or missile tests. Much of that money was sent as reimbursement for the costs incurred during the recovery process, which for years involved North Korean officials accompanying American delegations as they traveled to war sites and obtained remains.
Friday's transfer of the remains on the Korean Peninsula coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and USA -led forces under the U.N. Command.
Sanders also reaffirmed the U.S's firm commitment on the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, . Technically, the two Koreas are still at war. Following the summit, satellite footage clearly showed that North Korea was increasing its nuclear research with upgraded facilities. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.