© AP Photo / Alex BrandonПрезидент USA Donald trump. Archival photo© AP Photo / Alex Brandon
The President of the United States Donald trump thanked the North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN for the fulfillment of the promise to return the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean war.
«I would like to thank President Kim in front of the media for the fulfillment of the promise he gave me. I am sure that he will continue to fulfill that promise as to how they will search, search and search,» said trump at a press conference.
Earlier, the White house announced that the transport plane of the U.S. air force on Friday flew out of North Korea at the U.S. Osan air base in South Korea with the remains of U.S. servicemen on Board. August 1, at the air base will be held the official ceremony of repatriation. According to trump, it will be joined by Vice-President Mike Pence.
The white house expressed hope that the search of victims, whose number is estimated at about 5,300 people, will continue.
According to South Korean Yonhap news Agency, the plane had already arrived at the airbase Osan. It is noted that on Board the remains of the 55 military.
At a meeting in Singapore on 12 June, the leaders of the United States and North Korea, Donald trump and Kim Jong-UN agreed to search for the remains of American soldiers killed and missing during the Korean war. In the joint document after the meeting said that the parties were «committed to the search for the remains of prisoners of war and missing, including for an early return has already been identified».
The death toll in the Korean war of 1950-1953 Americans with the account of the missing is about 36.6 thousand people. The remains of about five thousand of them, according to the Pentagon, are in the territory of the DPRK.
After the Korean war of 1950-1953, North Korea and U.S. are technically at war, since among them only signed an armistice agreement. South Korea and even then refused to sign the armistice agreement, and only in 1992 between the two Korean States came into force the Agreement on reconciliation, mutual non-aggression, exchanges and cooperation.