On Friday, 55 cases containing the remains of US servicemen killed during the Korean War were returned to US forces at the Osan Air Base near Seoul, South Korea.
As the exact identity of the remains is still uncertain, each case was draped with the flag of the United Nations.
The UN arrived to support South Korea after North Korea invaded their country in 1950, with principal support provided by the United States (90% of UN military personnel were American).
Nearly 8,000 US soldiers are listed as missing from the Korean War with over 5,000 remains allegedly still in North Korea.
The remains will now be transported back to the United States for identification and returned to their families.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet praising the return and thanking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“The Remains of American Servicemen will soon be leaving North Korea and heading to the United States! After so many years, this will be a great moment for so many families. Thank you to Kim Jong Un,” wrote President Trump.
The White House released a statement on North Korea’s return of the remains.
“A U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft containing remains of fallen service members has departed Wonsan, North Korea. It is accompanied by service members from United Nations Command Korea and technical experts from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
“The C-17 is transferring the remains to Osan Air Base, where a formal repatriation ceremony will be held on August 1.
“At their historic meeting in Singapore, President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un took a bold first step to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, transform relations between the United States and North Korea, and establish enduring peace.
“Today, the Chairman is fulfilling part of the commitment he made to the President to return our fallen American service members. We are encouraged by North Koreas actions and the momentum for positive change.
“The United States owes a profound debt of gratitude to those American service members who gave their lives in service to their country and we are working diligently to bring them home. It is a solemn obligation of the United States Government to ensure that the remains are handled with dignity and properly accounted for so their families receive them in an honorable manner.
“Today's actions represent a significant first step to recommence the repatriation of remains from North Korea and to resume field operations in North Korea to search for the estimated 5,300 Americans who have not yet returned home.”