North Korea snubs US on returning Korean War dead — and it’s a slap in the face for 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.
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.

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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Source:: Business Insider

      

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