The United States is preparing to receive the remains of around 200 service members who have been missing since the Korean War. The timeline is still uncertain, but they could be home “very soon.”
The Associated Press reported that North Korea is in the process of preparing to hand over the remains this week, but that officials say “the timing of a ceremony is uncertain, but it could be very soon.”
Approximately 7,800 Americans are still unaccounted for from the Korean War, in which the US was involved in from 1950 to 1953. 5,300 of the 7,800 are believed to have died in battle or in a POW camp.
Of the nearly 200 that are expected to be returned, the exact number and identity of the remains are not yet known.
As a part of their meeting in Singapore, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to return the remains of US soldiers who have been missing in action since the Korean War.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated that the return of the remains of both Americans and South Koreans was a top priority of the summit.
There were efforts in the past to return US war remains, but North Korean relations had quickly soured and the safety of American recovery teams in North Korea could not be guaranteed.
However, between 1996 and 2005, 229 sets of American remains were recovered by joint US-North Korea search teams.
Further recovery efforts remain a strong possibility, especially after the Korean War is expected to officially come to an end later this year.