Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans'

WATCH: US welcomes home possible 'forgotten war' remains

WATCH: US welcomes home possible 'forgotten war' remains

The White House said on Thursday that Trump had received a letter from Kim and had responded with a note that should be delivered shortly.

There is "no meeting planned", Sanders told reporters.

The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War.

Trump in his tweet expressed gratitude to Kim "for keeping your word" on the return of the remains of more than 50 American service members killed during the Korean War.

McKeague said North Korea did not receive any payment for the transfer this week.

When the North Koreans turned over the 55 boxes to Byrd and other USA officials at Wonsan on July 27 they said the cases contained remains of an undetermined number of Americans, but the only identification item provided was a single military dog tag, Byrd said.

Byrd was present when North Korean officials turned over the 55 boxes at Wonsan airport in North Korea last Friday, and he was among the USA government specialists who made a further preliminary examination of the contents after the boxes were flown to Osan air base in South Korea the same day. He said the U.S.is prepared to discuss arrangements for future U.S.

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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.

The long-awaited repatriation comes after Trump first negotiated the deal at a landmark Singapore summit between the two leaders on June 12. North Korea returned the remains of 55 American soldiers.

The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that USA 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.

Still, the initial field forensic review indicated the "remains are what North Korea said they were", Byrd said. He said during a rally on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida, that the USA was "doing well" with North Korea, citing the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear and 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. The two sides remain technically at war because a peace treaty was never signed.

Sanders also reaffirmed the U.S's firm commitment on the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, .

The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear programme.

The Pentagon said last week it was considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea to search for additional remains.

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